I got this email from author Don Reddick this morning:
Today is the 97th anniversary of the death of The Great Canadian Hero Frank McGee.
Lt. McGee, considered one of the greatest stars of early hockey, was Killed In Action in the French town of Courcellette during the Battle of the Somme on September 16, 1916.
A few years back we started the tradition of "raising one" to Frank McGee on this anniversary, and invite you to participate today, as across North America we all raise one, a beverage of your choice, to this only legitimate Hall of Fame athlete to die for his country.
"A toast: to Ottawa's Frank McGee, a brother, a son, a star similar to a real star that dies, yet continues to shine its light down upon us for ages to come: cheers!"
Reddick is the author of Killing Frank McGee as well as Dawson City Seven and The Trail Less Travelled. Check out his website.
Here is more on the great Frank McGee.