“Brendan Shanahan to Highlight Ninth Annual ‘Off the Leash Luncheon’”
By P.J. Kennedy
A distinguished member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, former National Hockey League standout left wing and executive, and current president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan will be the headliner at the ninth annual Huskie “Off the Leash Luncheon” to be held on 2 November at Prairieland Park to raise money for the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Hockey Team.
During an illustrious twenty-one year NHL career which started when he was drafted number two overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1987, Shanahan accumulated twenty or more goals in nineteen consecutive seasons, was a two-time fifty goal scorer, and thirteen times had thirty or more goals in a season. “Shanny” was named an all-star three times and is the only player in NHL history to score 600 goals and have over 2000 penalty minutes. Lifetime, he is ranked sixteenth in NHL games played, thirteenth in goals scored, fifth in game winning goals (109), and had a cumulative plus/minus of an outstanding +151.
Following his excellent junior career in the Ontario Hockey League with London Knights (Games Played—115, Goals—67, Assists—87, Points—154), the rugged and skilled 6’3,” 220 lb. winger had professional stops in the NHL with New Jersey (twice), St. Louis, Hartford, Detroit, and in New York with the Rangers. The native of Mimico, Ontario is perhaps best known for his nine seasons with Detroit where he helped win three Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, and 2002. Named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013, his positive numbers speak for themselves: Regular Season Games Played–524, Goals—656, Assists—698, Points—1354, Penalty Minutes—2489.
In addition to his many accomplishments in the NHL, Brendan Shanahan has represented Canada internationally at the World Junior Championships in 1987, Canada Cup in 1991 (gold medal), World Championships in 1994 (gold) and 2006, World Cup of Hockey in 1996 (silver), and the Winter Olympics in 1988 and 2002 (gold).
Beyond the numbers are the leadership qualities which have been exhibited throughout the Ontario native’s life. Named team captain in Hartford in 1995, he was honoured with the King Clancy Trophy in 2003 for being one who “exemplified leadership qualities on and off the ice [and] as one who has made significant humanitarian contributions to the community.” In recent years he has continued to contribute to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, receiving the Alzheimer’s Association Championship Award in 2016.
Shanahan’s commitment to hockey, and in particular the National Hockey League has been exemplified by his conceiving and organizing what has come to be known as the “Shanahan Summit” during the lockout season of 2004-05. The Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek referred to “Shanny” as “the unofficial conscience of the NHL” for calling that meeting of players, coaches, general managers, and referees to discuss the game’s problems including player safety and general flow of the game. Upon retirement as a player in 2009, he moved into the League’s front office where he served as vice president of hockey and business development until 2011 when he was named senior vice president, player safety and hockey operations. When he left the NHL to become president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Gary Bettman praised Shanahan for being “as much of an ‘impact player’ at the League as he was on the ice.” In Bettman’s words, “Brendan brought commitment, clarity, and impeccable credibility” to his position with the NHL.
In April 2014 Brendan Shanahan was named president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that has not won a Stanley Cup since 1967. Since arriving, he has demonstrated superb leadership hiring general manager Lou Lamoriello and coach Mike Babcock in 2015 and surrounding them with other excellent hockey minds including Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter. In 2016-17, the Leafs under his thoughtful guidance made the playoffs and provided fans with a hard-working, skilful, and entertaining team with exceptional potential to continue forward in quest of the Stanley Cup.
Just as he did as a player and NHL executive, the affable “top dog” at Maple Leaf Nation sets a positive tone when discussing his position. As told to Cece Scott in Active Life, he said: “Underneath my smile is a fierce determination to do whatever it takes. My single biggest dream is to win a Stanley Cup in Toronto. I won’t be entirely happy until I achieve my goal here.” Brendan, his wife Catherine, and their three children are now part of the Toronto community in which he has moulded a team from the front office to the players on the ice that is well on its way toward helping him fulfil his dream of winning a Cup. Brendan Shanahan, former player, former NHL executive, current president of the Toronto Maple Leafs should provide those in attendance at this year’s “Off the Leash Luncheon” with an inspiring and entertaining presentation.
“FORMER DALLAS STAR MODANO TO SPEAK AT ‘OFF THE LEASH LUNCHEON’”
By P. J. Kennedy
The sixth annual “Off The Leash Luncheon” to benefit Huskie Men’s Hockey will be held 6 November and will feature former Prince Albert Raider and National Hockey League standout, Mike Modano. A certain Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, the all-time most productive American-born NHL performer, spent twenty-one of his twenty-two professional seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization. He holds team records for most seasons, games played (1459), most goals (557), most assists (802), and most points (1359). His number nine has been retired by both the Stars (2014) and the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders (2013).
During his three full major junior seasons with the Raiders, the Livonia, Michigan native performed in 176 games and notched 118 goals with 176 assists for 294 points. In 1988 he was the number one overall pick in the NHL amateur draft, and signed by Minnesota. He played one more year in the “Dub” including selection to the East all-star team before making his professional debut in 1989-90. In his first season at “the show” he made the all rookie team.
The classy forward’s lifetime NHL numbers were outstanding, as he collected 561 goals, 813 assists, and 1374 points in 1499 games primarily with the Stars except for his final season which was spent with his home-state based Detroit Red Wings. A highlight in his two decade career was being part of the 1999 Dallas Stanley Cup winning team.
In addition to winning a Stanley Cup, Modano was selected to play in seven NHL all-star games and named special ambassador for an eighth as well as represented the U.S. at the Olympics, World Cup, and other world championship events. In total, he represented Team USA on eleven different occasions. He has won the USA Hockey Bob Johnson Award for excellence at international ice hockey competition. Upon his retirement, he was the all-time American-born NHL leader in points, goals, playoff points, and games played by a forward. In recognition of his on-ice accomplishments, the former Stars’ captain was a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and has been named a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
When he left the ice in retirement after the 2010-11 season, he returned to the Dallas area where he continues to give back to his community, primarily through the Mike Modano Foundation. This non-profit organization “exists to provide support and assistance to organizations, programs, and projects helping children, veterans, and canines in need of social, medical, educational or protective services.” He has been honoured with the All Sports Association for the Children’s Medical Centre/Athlete Role Model Award as well as named Most Valuable Stars’ Player. He has been spokesman for the Score a Goal in the Classroom’s “Teachers are the Real Heroes” campaign. The Texas resident has won the Tom Landry Award of Excellence in Volunteerism by United Cerebral Palsy and was nominated for an NHL Foundation Player Award. Never forgetting his Michigan roots, his foundation supports the annual “Shoot for the Stars” game at the Mike Modano Arena in Michigan featuring former Red Wings players. Over the past four years, this event has raised over $110,000. Mike Modano currently serves as Dallas Stars’ Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor.
“HALL OF FAME PAIR BOSSY AND TROTTIER FEATURED SPEAKERS AT ‘OFF THE LEASH LUNCHEON’”
By P .J. Kennedy
On Thursday, 17 October former National Hockey League scoring legends and members of the Hockey Hall of Fame Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier will be the featured speakers at the fifth annual “Off The Leash Luncheon” held to support the Huskie Men’s Hockey Team. Since 2009, “Off The Leash” has brought to Saskatoon popular former NHL performers Wendel Clark, Brett Hull, Jeremy Roenick, and Paul Coffey. The appearance of lifetime New York Islander Mike Bossy and fellow former Islander Bryan Trottier continues the tradition of providing members of the community with the opportunity to hear up close former NHL standout performers.
The most prolific scorer in Islanders’ history, Mike Bossy’s prowess with the puck was evident at an early age. At sixteen, he entered the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Laval Nationals in 1972-73. In little over four years he notched an incredible 309 goals in only 263 regular season games. His best junior season was 1974-75 when he potted 84 goals in 66 games. According to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s “Legends of the Game,” despite playing through an aggressive junior career that saw his nose broken and teeth knocked out, the Montreal born and raised winger “was considered a timid player by NHL scouts” and was not picked until number 15 in the first round by the Islanders.
In his first NHL season he deposited 53 goals and added 38 assists in 73 games to capture the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year. Although he was forced to retire at the age of 30 from the NHL because of chronic back problems, he had an outstanding career which featured being named to eight NHL All-Star teams, being league goal-scoring leader twice (1978-79 and 1980-81), and receiving the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for combining superior accomplishments on the ice with fair play a total of three times (1982-83 through 1985-86). He was also named the Stanley Cup playoffs’ outstanding player in 1982 capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Perhaps the most important NHL legacy of Mike Bossy is his role as an integral part of the four consecutive Stanley Cups won by the New York Islanders from 1980 through 1983. His contributions to his team’s success throughout his career are reflected in his lifetime statistics which include being number 20 on the all-time NHL goal-scoring list with 573. He accounted for a total of 1126 points in only 752 games for an astonishing rate of 1.497 points per game which among the top 60 NHL players lifetime is third only to Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. His goals per game average of .762 is number one among all the league’s top players. He proved many of the scouts wrong as he fashioned a stellar 10 year NHL career that featured nine consecutive 50 goal seasons including five where he scored over 60.
Following his retirement in 1987, he operated a restaurant in Montreal, did colour for Quebec Nordiques telecasts (1988-90), did a morning radio show in Montreal for several years, and worked for a snack food company rising to the position of sales director. He also played himself in one of the films of the whimsical Quebec-produced movie franchise les Boys. In 2006 he returned to his hockey home being named to the sponsor and fan development department and is currently vice president of corporate sponsorship and partnership marketing for the New York Islanders.
Bryan Trottier was born in 1956 at Val Marie and played his first junior season at age sixteen with Swift Current Broncos. In three junior seasons with Broncos at Swift Current and then with the relocated Lethbridge Broncos, he notched 103 goals and collected 198 assists for 301 points in only 202 games. Drafted as an underage player the previous year, by the New York Islanders, he was named Western Canadian Hockey League Most Valuable Player in 1974-75.
In his NHL debut season in 1975-76, he had 92 points in 80 games and captured the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie-of-the-Year. In subsequent years he won the Hart Trophy as Most Valuable Player and Art Ross Trophy as leading scorer (both in 1978-79) as well as the King Clancy Trophy (1988-89) and Conn Smythe Trophy (1979-80). Described by the Hockey Hall of Fame’s “Legends of the Game” as a two-way player who was a “throwback [to] old fashioned attributes…as a defensively sound centreman with the vision and instincts of a pure scorer.” During his eighteen year NHL tenure as a player, Bryan Trottier was named to four NHL year end all-star teams and performed in eight all-star games. Like Bossy, he was also an integral part of four consecutive New York Islander Stanley Cup wins (1980-83). The former Saskatchewanian also captured two Stanley Cup championships as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. As an assistant coach with Colorado Avalanche in 2002 he again had his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup.
Bryan Trottier, considered by some as the best all-around centre of his era, had regular season statistics that saw him named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. Also a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame, “Trots” had 524 goals, 901 assists, and 1425 points in 1279 NHL games. He represented Canada at World Junior championships in 1974-75 and at Canada Cup in 1981. Trottier played for Team USA in the 1984 Canada Cup as well.
He retired from the Penguins after the 1991-92 season, but returned with Pittsburgh as a player-assistant coach in 1993-94. His coaching career included bench boss duties in the American Hockey League and as an assistant in Pittsburgh and with Colorado in the NHL as well as a brief stint ((2002-2003) as head coach of the New York Rangers. He returned to the Islanders as Executive Director of Player Development in 2006.
Bryan Trottier continues to be active in the game as he operates the Bryan Trottier Summer Hockey Camp in Alberta as well as provides instructional sessions on hockey throughout North America. The Hall of Famer also continues to skate with NHL alumni teams.
Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier will forever be associated with the New York Islanders dynasty that captured four Stanley Cups from 1980 through 1983. Championship linemates when they played, they are reunited for their visit to Saskatoon on Thursday, 17 October at 11:30 a.m. when Saskatoon hockey fans will have the opportunity to see and hear two of hockey’s greatest players at the “Off The Leash Luncheon” to be held at Prairieland Exhibition. Returning to be Master of Ceremonies, will be Saskatchewan comedian Kelly Taylor. Tickets are available from Picatic.
“HALL OF FAMER COFFEY FEATURED SPEAKER AT ‘OFF THE LEASH LUNCHEON’”
By P. J. Kennedy
On Friday, 5 October, former National Hockey League all-star defenceman Paul Coffey will be the featured guest at the fourth annual Huskie Men’s Hockey “Off The Leash Luncheon” at Prairieland Exhibition.
Named to the NHL Hall of Fame in the first year he was eligible (2004), the Weston, Ontario-born rearguard ranks second among NHL defencemen in career regular season points with 1531 in 1409 games and he also stands fifth in lifetime assists among all players in NHL history having collected 1,135. Although he could cover his own zone well, Paul Coffey was best known for his offensive prowess. In a statement for The Hockey News in 2004, legendary coach Scotty Bowman said: “Coffey was one of the most unique defencemen to ever play in the league. He was often referred to as a ‘rover.’… He was like a fourth forward.” Indeed, he patrolled the blueline using his peerless skating, passing, and shooting skills to mould a career matched by few if any who played his position.
Perhaps best known as an integral part of the high-flying Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s, the prototypical rushing defenceman scored 48 goals in 1985-86 which remains an NHL single season record for defenders. In recognition of his major contributions to the team,Edmontonretired his fabled #7 sweater in 2009. The smooth-skating offensive blueliner’s other records include most points by a “d-man” in a game (eight in 1986), most assists by a defenceman in a single game (six in 1986), longest point-scoring streak by a defenceman (28 games in 1985-86), most lifetime playoff points by a defenceman (196 in 194 contests), and most points by a defenceman in a playoff year (37 in 1985).
Looking back on his career, Paul Coffey has stated on NHL Alumni online: “My first goal in hockey, was to make the team. My second goal was to be a big part of the team, a player who was a big contributor. I also wanted to play ten years and I wound up playing more than that. It was a thrill and an honour.” In exceeding his own expectations, Coffey’s style of play and significant contributions to the teams for which he has played, the NHL, and hockey in general have been exceptional.
His professional career spanned 21 seasons and included stints with nine different teams. Three times he was awarded the NHL’s James Norris Trophy as top defenceman; in 1984-85 and1985-86 as an Oiler, and then in 1994-95 as a Detroit Red Wing. Named a first team all-star four times, he appeared in a total of fourteen all-star contests from 1982 through 1997. Coffey’s name appears on three Stanley Cups as a member of the Oilers and one as a Pittsburgh Penguin. In international competition, he was named to three Canada Cup teams, one World Cup team, and also played forCanadain one World Championship.
Since retiring from hockey in 2000 Coffey, his wife, and three children reside in Ontario where he owns three automobile dealerships in the Bolton and Kitchener areas. He coaches his eldest son’s pee wee team and supports a number of charities including Minor Hockey Fights Cancer, the Juno Cup for “Musicounts” music education, and a charity auction for the Mood Disorder Association of Ontario. He has also lent his support for Mississauga Jets’ annual “Paul Coffey International Hockey Tournament” since 1985.
Paul Coffey’s appearance follows those of Jeremy Roenick, Brett Hull, and Wendel Clark at the “Off The Leash Luncheon” series which raises money for scholarships and other support for the Huskie Men’s Hockey Team. Like the previous presentations in the series, this year’s event beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Prairieland Exhibition on 5 October is sure to provide attendees with an enjoyable experience with one of hockey’s all time great players.
“Outspoken Roenick To Headline ‘Off The Leash Luncheon’”
By P. J. Kennedy
Never one to go about his business quietly on or off the ice, former NHL forward Jeremy Roenick has been labelled “feisty,” “flashy,” “colourful,” and “outspoken” by the media which have covered his outstanding 20 year professional hockey career. He may have been a master of “trash talk” on the ice and provided sports journalists with countless quotable interviews, but his main contribution to the sport was his performance on the ice game after game.
Born at Boston, Massachusetts in 1970, Roenick was a standout as a high school player registering 65 goals, 84 assists and 149 points in only 48 games over two seasons at Thayer Academy. He then played one year of major junior hockey in Quebec with Hull Olympiques where he tallied 70 points in only 28 games. The New Englander continued to demonstrate his on-ice skills with the American entry in the World Junior Championships in 1988 and 1989.
“J. R.” was drafted by Chicago Blackhawks in 1988 and performed for the Windy City crew from 1988-89 through the 1995-96 seasons. During his tenure with the Hawks, he was named to the all-star team four times and scored more than 30 goals five times. In subsequent years while toiling for Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks he was named to the NHL all-star squad five additional times.
In total, Jeremy Roenick played 1363 regular season NHL games, potted 513 goals, assisted on 703 more, and amassed 1216 points. In addition he showed his “feistiness” with 1463 penalty minutes.
When he retired at the age of 39 in 2009, his résumé also included two tours of duty with the U.S. Olympic team (1998 and 2002) and his rank as number three in scoring among all American born NHL players. For all his accomplishments, Roenick was named to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.
The “outspoken one” has remained in the public eye as a television actor in such U.S. shows as Hack, Arliss, and Leverage as well as being a judge on Canada’s Battle of the Blades. He has also contributed as a colour commentator on hockey broadcasts for TSN in Canada and NBC in the States.
Those attending the third annual “Off The Leash Luncheon” on 21 October can expect a lively presentation from the always interesting Jeremy Roenick.
“BRETT HULL: CREATED HIS OWN IDENTITY”
By P.J. Kennedy
Brett Hull began his National Hockey League career in 1986-87 with the unenviable challenge of not only trying to make the Calgary Flames, but also trying to create for himself an identity as a player beyond the giant shadow cast by his Hall of Fame father, Bobby Hull. By the time Brett retired some 20 seasons later, he had eclipsed the senior Hull in NHL games played, goals, assists, total points, and in Stanley Cups won.
Third all-time in NHL regular season goals with 741, Brett Hull captured his first Stanley Cup with Dallas Stars in 1999. His controversial “skate in the crease” Cup-winning marker in triple overtime of the final game will be a part of hockey history forever. His second Cup was won while he toiled with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002.
He has been recognized as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, winning the Hart Trophy in 1991 and as the player combining high skill level with gentlemanly performance on the ice as the 1990 winner of the Lady Byng Trophy. Yet he was identified most as a natural goal scorer of extraordinary talent who year after year put the puck in the net.
Born in Belleville, Ontario in 1964, Brett Hull played junior hockey in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League from 1982-84 before enrolling at University of Minnesota at Duluth where he performed two seasons (1984-86). He was drafted in the seventh round by Calgary in 1984 and began his professional career with Moncton in the American Hockey League in 1986-87 where he potted 50 goals in only 67 games. Later that season he made his debut with Calgary and in 1987-88 with the Alberta team he netted 26 markers in 52 games but was traded to St. Louis Blues where he spent the next decade entertaining fans as one of the most dynamic goal scorers in NHL history.
From 1987-88 through 1997-98 he had five 50 goal seasons, splitting the twine for a remarkable 86 goals in 78 games in 1990-91. In 1998 Dallas Stars signed him as a free agent and for the next three campaigns he was a standout helping the southern pucksters win their first and only Stanley Cup in 1999. After his stint in Texas, Brett Hull moved on to Detroit in 2001, again being a part of a Stanley Cup team one year later. Also in 2002, he was part of the U.S. Olympic team which captured silver. He left Detroit after the 2003-04 season but returned in 2005 with Phoenix. He retired in 2005 after playing only five games.
Never one to be at a loss for words, Hull was a popular guest on various media programmes throughout his career as he was an outspoken commentator on the game. He renewed his association with the Dallas organization and he and Les Jackson were named co-general managers of the Stars in 2007 a position they shared until 2009. At that time he was re-assigned to the position of executive vice president and alternate governor for the team.
In 2009, Brett Hull was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. It should be noted that he and his father are the first and only father and son player inductees to ever be so honoured. Yet it should also be noted that the man who sought to develop his own reputation as a hockey player was successful in creating his own place among the giants of the game as one of the most gifted natural scorers in NHL history.
The Huskie Men’s Hockey team, its alumni, and its supporters are all pleased to welcome Brett Hull as the guest speaker for the second annual “Off The Leash Luncheon” to raise funds for the Huskie Men’s Hockey Programme.
“WENDEL CLARK: A SASKATCHEWAN ORIGINAL”
By P.J. Kennedy
Although he is an icon among Toronto Maple Leaf fans throughout the country and a local hero throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Wendel Clark is a “Saskatchewan Original.”
Born in 1966 at Kelvington, Wendel grew up working on the family farm along with the rest of his family. His strong work ethic and desire to get the job done right extended beyond the farm to his hockey career where he performed as a defenceman at Notre Dame College in Wilcox and then for two years with Saskatoon Blades. He was part of Canada’s gold-medal winning World Junior team in 1985.
In that same year he was the Leafs’ number one pick (and number one overall) in the NHL entry draft. As a rookie, he was moved from defence to left wing, yet he notched a team high 34 goals which was a record for first year players in Toronto, and he was runner-up for the Calder Trophy as league Rookie-of-the-Year. He was captain of the Blue and White from 1991 through 1994 and became one of the most popular Leafs in history for his indefatigable efforts on the ice and ability to spark his team by example.
In 793 career NHL regular season games over 15 seasons with Toronto (three different times), Quebec, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay, Detroit, and Chicago, he amassed 330 goals, 234 assists, and 1690 penalty minutes. His best scoring year was 1993-94 when he potted 46 goals in only 64 games. In 95 playoff games over nine seasons, he notched 69 points. His 34 playoff goals as a Leaf remain a team record, surpassing the likes of Mats Sundin, Lanny McDonald, and Frank Mahovlich.
Beyond the solid numbers he posted throughout his career, Wendel Clark was an unqualified success in hockey, because of his attitude toward the game and his participation in it. His tenacity and continuous commitment to perform at his best despite injuries are what made “Clarkie” unique among players who were the best at what they did. He never backed down from adversity, whether it was on his way to the net to deposit his patented “wrister” or dropping his gloves to face an opponent one-on-one.
In recognition of his two stellar years (including a WHL all-star selection in 1985) as a Blade, his number 22 was retired to the rafters of Credit Union Centre. Similarly, Toronto Maple Leafs have raised his #17 to the heights of Air Canada Centre in recognition of his years of quality service to the team.
Currently, the man for whom the Rheostatics wrote “The Ballad of Wendel Clark Parts 1 and 2,” serves as a Community Representative for the Toronto Maple Leafs and operates his recently opened “Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill and Sports Lounge” in the Greater Toronto Area.
Whether working in public relations or in business after years of performing at the highest level in the NHL, Wendel Clark remains forever a “Saskatchewan Original.” As such, the Huskie Men’s Hockey Team is pleased that he is to be part of the inaugural Off The Leash Luncheon to raise money for the programme.
By P. J. Kennedy
Born at Porcupine Plain in 1967, “Chaser” was known for his hard-nosed play on the rink from the earliest days in junior through his years in the NHL. He played with Humboldt Broncos (1984-85) and then for three years with the Saskatoon Blades (1985-88), where he accumulated 800 penalty minutes in 195 regular season games while performing with the WHL team.
In the NHL with St. Louis, Hartford, and Toronto, he continued his aggressive role as an enforcer, a role which saw him amass 2017 minutes in penalties in 458 NHL regular season games. He also contributed 17 goals and 36 assists, primarily with the Blues. His role was clearly defined, and he fulfilled it admirably.
His positive attitude was demonstrated continually as he “left it all on the ice.” “Chaser” was the type of player to whom coaches could point when showing what it took to make the NHL…hard work. Off the ice, in the community, he has demonstrated further his work ethic. He was named winner of the King Clancy Award in 1998. This is an annual award presented by the NHL to “a player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in the community.” Among other winners of this award have been Ray Bourque, Jerome Iginla, and Curtis Joseph.
Since 2000, Kelly Chase has been colour commentator for St. Louis Blues’ radio broadcasts. He has been honoured with the Jack Buck Award, named after the legendary St. Louis broadcaster. “Chaser” received this award for his “enthusiasm and dedication to sports in the City of St. Louis.”