Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Nation's First Hockey Dad

I'm probably going to take a little flack for this story for my NDP readers. But with a hat tip to Canada's best version of Drudge I would like to share this story with you all. My colleagues who are against Sid Crosby razed me about the one time Crosby was escorted into Toronto via limo ahead of the rest of the team.

If you're ever at a hockey game in Sandy Hill and you're waiting to grab a cup of Timmy's Traditional Brew, but the guy ahead of you has a bunch of Mounties surrounding him, he may just be the guy that is changing the way things are getting done in Canada.

Enter: Stephen Harper - Canada's Hockey Dad.

Yes, that photo is the one they are using on wikipedia as if they had to use the most Dudley Dooright photo ever taken of him. But since I watched some of the Canadian PM election debates that were syndicated on C-SPAN, I surmised that Harper seems like a really good guy that I would have a Molson or Labatts with. You really can't buy the kind of PR that comes with this story that shows the human/father side.

The poor guy was vilified by 3 other political parties (whereas Bush only gets slammed on a daily basis by one). Here we have a quote from the new Conservative PM.
"I can watch my son play and say, 'Gee, I wish I could play like that,' because I was not much of a hockey player and I wish I could have been," he said.
I guess he really learned to like hockey sitting at his home in Alberta. Another legendary Prime Minister and historical figure, Sir Winston Churchill, once wrote a compilation of the history of English speaking peoples and now it's been reported that Harper is working on a historical hockey book.
Hockey has been a life-long passion for Harper. He's even working on a book about the early history of pro hockey.
I for one am looking forward to reading it.

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