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Saturday, March 11, 2006
Thanks for the Memories
Any who knows me knows I am not just a hockey fan.....I grew up LOVING hockey. Had I been born male, I would have done all I could to play in the NHL.

Not being able to even try to play beyond our shinny (pond hockey) I still was a rink rat, spending many happy hours at the old Olympia in Detroit. There I was able to watch and meet many of the all-time greats of the game.

I was really looking forward to watching the pre-game for the Montreal Canadiens tonight as they retired the #5- proudly worn by Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion who is credited with inventing the slap shot (hence the Boom-Boom). He was one of those greats I was priveledged to watch and meet.

I had learned yesterday that Mr. Geoffrion would not be able to attend the ceremony. Very recently he was diagnosed with stomach cancer while having other surgery. He had still planned to come but, this past week his health took a turn and he decided to stay in Atlanta and let his sons attend in his place. Sadly, Boom-Boom died early this morning. I did not learn of this until I turned on the TV tonight. In his place his ENTIRE FAMILY- wife, children, children's spouses, and grandchildren, were in Montreal. I don't know how his wife, Marlene, did it but wow, what a lady. This was his last wish- that his family be there and that this be a celebration. He got his wish.

Good-bye, Boom-Boom. You will really be missed.
posted by Teri Springer @ 7:55 PM  
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