Former NHLer Ed "Sonny" Kryzanowski has died.
A solid defensive defenseman, Kryzanowski was a NHL veteran of 237 games in the 1950s mostly with the Boston Bruins. He finished his career with several seasons in the AHL.
Before joining the NHL, Kryzanowski captained back-to-back intercollegiate hockey championships at the University of Toronto where he also starred on the school's rugby team.
Former Varsity Blues teammate Don Bark had great admiration for Kryzanowski.
"With his dazzling speed and stick-handling, he controlled the ice."
Bark was inducted into the Varsity Blues Hall of Fame in 1995, and made it his mission to include his buddy Kryzanowski. It took over a decade, but the Hall finally opened it's doors to Kryzanowski in 2006.
In the early 1970s, Mr Kryzanowski was my 4th-grade social studies teacher at Stratmoor Hills Elementary School in Colorado Springs. He was extraordinarily kind, patient, modest, and easy-going. He indulged my love of history by letting me leave class once my work was done to go to the school library to check out history books. He had an excellent sense of humor. Once, when we pressed him for his opinion about sports, he reluctantly told us that he'd played professional hockey. We didn't believe him! He was so funny and often told unusual stories in a way that left his 4th-grade audience wondering if he was kidding. Now I know it was true! I'm sorry I doubted you, Mr Kryz. That love of history that he nurtured in me eventually led to a Fulbright fellowship and a PhD.
A fine man. I wish I'd met up with him again.
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