There was one big piece news came out while I was away and I would be remiss not to comment on it.
Reggie Fleming passed away after a hard battle with a debilitating stroke. He was 73. Fleming's life after the stroke became something of YouTube legend thanks to Fleming's film maker son, Chris. He posted 8 heart breaking interviews with his dad online to "influence people to come see their relatives and to spend more time with their own parents."
The YouTube links are tough to watch, especially for hockey fans who witnessed Fleming on the ice. There was no tougher son of a gun in hockey than Reggie Fleming. He was no goon, just a hard working labourer who brought his lunch pail and work boots to the rink every day.
Here's my Reggie Fleming biography. Also here are some other good links that came out while I was away:
- Remembering Reggie Fleming - NY Times
- Fleming Dies at 73 - Chicago Tribune
Fleming was as tough as they come. You're right, Joe - hard hat and workboots. I didn't like him for all the right reasons - he played for the enemy, but I knew how tough he was and a pain on the ice for my Habs. I saw him play often on TV in those days, and of course there were his hockey cards and hockey coins we'd collect and throw against the wall. I can picture him now in one of his moods. It's really a shame.Fleming was a very respected player,I'm sure, by teammates and opposing players. He earned his money. This was no prima donna.
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