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I wanted to take a step outside of the hobby business for a moment to post some thoughts on the recent news in the hockey world.

Hockey players passing away is nothing new to us, usually by natural causes, but in the past couple of months that true fact has taken on a new meaning. I guess I first started thinking more seriously about it in July 2010 when Bob Probert died. Then we got the news about Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and then Wade Belak. On a bigger scale. but different means, we got word of the plane crash in Russia that decimated an entire team including several former NHLers. The second time that I can recall this happening in Russia.

Over the course of time several players have left this world in the prime of their careers, some lesser names then others, but NHLers none the less. As a man at the age of fifty I have dealt with the death of Tim Horton who was killed in 1974 while driving between Toronto and Buffalo, a week before my birthday. That was the first loss that really hit me as a hockey player and fan. Tim Horton was an icon to me.

Automobile and motorcyles seemed to play a large part in several careers ending early. I remember the news of Pelle Lindbergh, a young star goalie with the Philadelphia Flyers killed in a car crash who I really admired. Bob Gassoff, Scott Garland, Don Ashby, Steve Chiasson, Dan Snyder and Luc Bourdon all were killed during their playing careers.

John Kordic was the first NHLer I had ever heard of passing away from a drug overdose. The first player suicide I can remember hearing about was Terence Tootoo in August 2002. Then we lost Tom Cavanagh in January of this year, Rick Rypien in August and most recently Wade Belak.

It has been a sad and painful off season for a lot of people. We have lost a lot of good people and hockey players over time, hopefully the current NHL heads of state will take notice and do something positive for a change.



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