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Sep 29th 2003

$500K raised for firefighters

I invite you to read this story on NHL.com. [link]

Comedian, Dennis Leary, and Bruin legends, Bobby Orr and Cam Neely, helped organize a charity game for retired NHL greats and celebrities to raise money for firefighters. They hatched the idea after Leary’s cousin, Jeremiah Lucey, and five other Worcester, Massachusetts firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty in December 1999. To date, the event has helped raise over $1.3 million for the Worcester Fire Department.

The event was pleasantly devoid of politics. Well, except for presidential candidate John Kerry scuttling around, whispering to everyone he’s a vietnam veteran.

The game was a shootout; the final score: 18-10. There was a lot of joking, and not just about John Kerry looking French or Tim Robbins having political views. Everyone had fun on the ice.

Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe

“[Michael J.] Fox scored a goal,” Leary said. “But his big thrill came in the pre-game warm-up when he passed to Guy LaFleur from the corner. He said, ‘Hey Denis, I don’t have my glasses, did I just send a pass to Guy Lafleur?’

It was a little faster than most of these charity games, and a lot of dipsey-doodle.

I come off after a shift and I can barely breathe and Gordie Howe starts telling me a story about a fight he was in 30 years ago. I said to myself, ‘This is great, fantastic.'”

Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, served as coach for Leary’s team. Fans admitted their only disappointment of the evening was that, with Howe behind the bench, the knave, Robbins, escaped being felled by one of Gordie’s famous elbows.

[this post can also be read at midwestpundits.com, courtesy of a new affiliation i have with that blog]

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