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‘Welcome home Slats’: Edmonton honours Oilers great Glen Sather

Article from Global News

He coached the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships and by the end of this week he will join the ranks of nine other Oilers greats by having a banner raised in his honour at Rexall Place.

The recognition will be given to Glen Sather before Friday night's Oilers game against the New York Rangers but there is much fanfare leading up to the main event.

Edmonton Oilers release details about Glen Sather ceremony 1984 Championship team reunion; October 8, 2014 Former Oilers reunite in Edmonton to remember 1984 Stanley Cup win The celebration got underway Wednesday, when four former Oilers captains who played during the Sather era shared their memories of 'Slats,' as he's known. Craig MacTavish, Kevin Lowe, Al Hamilton and Kelly Buchberger spoke to the media while in Edmonton for the events later this week. The common theme was how much Sather cared about his players.

"I remember vividly when Don Cherry made disparaging remarks about Randy Gregg and Randy's ability, and Glen forced or made Don Cherry come and apologize to the team in front of everybody at a team lunch," Lowe said.

"With Glen, he always wanted to make our team a family and you're always accountable for yourself... and if you got in trouble you'd have to contact him first but unfortunately sometimes I didn't contact him and I would get scolded and maybe that's why he left me unprotected in the '99 expansion draft and never told me," Buchberger added with a laugh.

On Thursday, a public ceremony was held at the Winspear Centre to honour Sather.

The main event happens Friday night at Rexall Place when Sather will join Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and long-time radio broadcaster Rod Phillips who already have banners hanging from the rafters. The ceremony starts at 6:20 p.m., before the puck drops.

Sather was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. He won four Stanley Cups as the Oilers head coach (1984-88) and a fifth in 1990 as the team's president and general manager.

Sather played 10 NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota North Stars, accumulating 192 points (80 goals, 112 assists). He also appeared in 72 playoff games.

Sather played one season with the Oilers in 1976-77 when the team was part of the World Hockey Association.

With files from The Canadian Press.

Article from Edmonton Sun - Author Cam Tait

Joe Moss was shown to the front row of the main banquet room of the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre Thursday morning. For Joe, who has Down syndrome, such treatment isn't at all foreign.

He very well could be the most recognizable person in Edmonton with a disability, who loves to sing O Canada. And that's what Joe thought he was in for: singing O Canada — with the same fervour and gusto he does before every Edmonton Oiler home game — to start International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

When he was done, he quietly walked back to his front row seat and sat to the right of his brother Steve.

But not for long.

Carmen Wyton of the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities took to the stage and called Joe back to the podium.

Joe was named this year's recipient for the Marlin Styner Achievement Award, one of the council's most prestigious honours.

Never one to shy away from a microphone, Joe stepped up for an impromptu acceptance speech to the crowd numbering close to 300.

"I'm happy," he said.

"I thank my family.

Brother Steve quietly left his seat to join Joe on the stage. Steve gently patted Joe on the back and then took the mic to express his own appreciation.

The Joe Moss story has been documented countless times but never loses its magic.

"It's inspirational," Steve said after the program.

Indeed. Joe was working at a bottle depot 32 years ago when his sister Vikki Moss was dating Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky. Joe loved hockey, so Gretzky asked the Oiler management if Joe could help the trainers in the locker room.

And he's still doing his job — and for the Edmonton Eskimos, too.

Speaking of the Eskimos, Joe had another surprise earlier this week when he was working in the team's Commonwealth Stadium dressing room. Next thing Joe knows, some of the players arrived carrying the Grey Cup from Sunday's win.

It's been quite the year for Joe. In May he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer.

"That was special because Joe is up there with all the great athletes," Steve said.

"But this award is very special, too."

Steve says finding out about Styner, the man the award is named after, gives Thursday's event more meaning.

Styner was a quadriplegic who was a tireless fighter for the rights and dignity of people with disabilities in the Red Deer area. He was chair of the Premier's Council and died in 2014.

His wife Diane was in Edmonton to see Joe get the award.

Joe Moss continues to be a role model — and is rightly deserving of his awards.

"We never, ever thought Joe would be recognized like he has been," Steve says, representing the consensus of his 12 siblings.

"We're just so happy he's been able to do so much and people recognize him. We're often out together and people come up to Joe and ask him for his autograph."

Joe's accomplishments, and those of other award-winners, will hopefully pave new paths for people with disabilities.

That's the mandate of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. And as long as we have leaders making significant contributions, the event can't help but grow.

Don Cherry, Ron MacLean among newest members of Canada's Walk of Fame - Article from Toronto Sun

Hockey broadcasters Don Cherry and Ron MacLean say they're a team and wanted to be inducted as such into Canada's Walk of Fame.

The Coach's Corner duo received their stars on Saturday at Toronto's Sony Centre.

"It's such an honour to be on such a great team," MacLean said. "It was a huge break for me back in 1986. Don has taught me so much. He protected me and gave me advice on how to deal with the NHL. I was a deer in the headlights."

Cherry said he never thought 31 years ago he and MacLean would earn such an honour.

"I don't win many awards," Cherry said wearing a white linen jacket with black polka-dots.

"I think the secret to success is to never figure out what you are doing or you will screw it up."

Fellow inductee Michael Buble has a shelf full of music industry awards, including Grammys and Junos, and says he attributes his success to his Canadian roots.

"My culture and Canadian heritage separates me from others and has helped with my success," the crooner said. "I think sometimes we feel like the underdogs, but that's why we are the favourites."

"We are funny, dirty, kind and compassionate. I think I just wrote a song. It is great to have a night like this."

Canadian actor Jason Priestley hosted the gala for a second year in a row.

"What excites me most about presenting is it is all about celebrating Canadians and I love to celebrate Canada," he said. "I had such a great time last year, I agreed to do it again."

Olympian Silken Laumann, author Lawrence Hill, and actor Wendy Crewson were also inducted Saturday, and actor Lorne Greene was awarded a posthumous star.


Swimming Canada's Board of Directors has a new look and is headed by a swimmer denied Olympic gold at the 1976 Olympic Games by the GDR's State Plan 14:25 systematic doping program. Cheryl Gibson was declared the head of the organisation at its Annual General Meeting Saturday in Ottawa.

Gibson clocked 4:48.10 for silver in the 400m medley at a home Games in Montreal, the gold to Ulrike Tauber in 4:42.77, a world record. Official records would later show that Tauber was first administered with steroids when she was 14 and that the doping continued until she was 20.

Said Gibson:

"It's exciting to come full circle, going from a swimmer to a board member to the president. It's a real privilege to be able to give something back to the sport.

"We've had great leaders in Canadian swimming and I'm looking forward to following in their footsteps. It's an Olympic year, and we had great results this summer. It's an exciting time for swimming and it's great to be part of that."

The Swimming Canada statement in full:

Edmonton's Cheryl Gibson was elected president, while the board welcomed Hugh Wakeham as its newest member.

Gibson, a Chartered Accountant and lawyer, is a partner at the law firm of Dentons Canada LLP, and has been recognized as a leading Canadian expert in the field of tax law. She is a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and is a member of the Administration and Finance Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

She was a member of the national swim team from 1974 to 1982 and won a silver medal in women's 400m individual medley at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Gibson was also a medallist at world championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games, and her many accolades include induction to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Swimming Canada Circle of Excellence. She has been on the board since 2012 and previously served from 1983 to 1994.

"It's exciting to come full circle, going from a swimmer to a board member to the president," Gibson said. "It's a real privilege to be able to give something back to the sport. We've had great leaders in Canadian swimming and I'm looking forward to following in their footsteps. It's an Olympic year, and we had great results this summer. It's an exciting time for swimming and it's great to be part of that."

David De Vlieger, re-elected to the board, decided to step down after five years at the helm. At the end of the meeting Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi presented him with a framed Swimming Canada T-shirt signed by the members of the 2015 national team.

"We want to thanks David for his hard work as president the last five years," El-Awadi said. "He has been a tremendous representative of Canada and loves our sport. We're now looking forward to Cheryl leading us for the future. She's an accomplished Olympian, an accomplished professional, and a dedicated volunteer. She's going to do a great job."

Joining De Vlieger as re-elected directors were Leslie Cliff, Dean Crawford and John Hinds.

Meanwhile, Wakeham has been president of Wakeham & Associates Marketing Inc. since 1999. The agency provides sponsorship marketing consulting and sales services to corporations, sport and entertainment properties, and public assembly venues internationally. He completed a series of contracts for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, including one involving the assessment of future sponsorship revenue potential for the new Pan Am Aquatics Centre.

Wakeham's experience also includes managing sponsorship activation programs with the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Galaxy, Canadian Soccer Association, and Alpine Canada. He has also led sponsorship sales campaigns for such organizations as Toronto Indy and the Vancouver Canadians baseball team, and secured naming rights for sporting venues such as the K-ROCK Centre and the Invista Centre. He is also a former competitive swimmer with the Burnaby Barracudas (Vancouver) and the Edmonton Master Swim Club.

The five elected directors will combine with incumbents Jim Shaw, Gibson, Yves Lorange and Kerry Mummery to form the nine-person board for 2015-2016.

Swimming Canada also honoured several members of the swimming community at its annual Awards and Recognition Reception Friday.

Date: November 3, 2015
Time: 11:00 am

We would like to invite you the opening of several new exhibits at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. On November 3, 2015 at 11:00 am we will be launching:

  • Our new featured exhibit, “Defining Moments: The Injuries That Do Not Define Us” Featuring Honoured Members Kessie Stefanyk, Kyle Shewfelt, Duane Daines(in attendance) and Jeremy Wotherspoon, as well as athletes Deidra Dionne, Greg Baxter and Travis Brigley.
  • A new art gallery “Moments that Make Us” featuring photographs by Dave Holland Showcasing National Team athletes training at the Canadian Sports Institute in Calgary
  • The unveiling of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Chuckwagon.

We would be honoured if you could join us in celebrating the opening of these new exhibits showcasing sports in Alberta.


Meet Mark, Owner of Nick's Steakhouse and Pizza – and One Busy Guy!

If you've been to Nick's Steakhouse and Pizza in Calgary, chances are you've met the owner, Mark Petros, Nick's son. The restaurant has been in operation for over 36 years, since March 1979.

Mark attended the University of Calgary, and the University of British Columbia. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology along with a minor degree in Business. Mark played football with the U of C Dinos, and the UBC Thunderbirds where he played in three Vanier Cups winning a National Championship with each university! Mark has been inducted into the U of C sports hall of fame, the UBC sports hall of fame, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame – all as a football player.

Mark not only plays sports, he's also a leader in the Calgary sports community. He has coached several boy's and girl soccer, hockey, football, lacrosse, and ringette teams. Mark's teams have won city, provincial, and national championships.

Competition, team spirit, and community engagement are deeply ingrained in Mark's personality. He and his wife have passed this on to their children. Wanting to give back to the city and province that he loves, Mark ran for MLA in Calgary McKnight in 1989. His run was unsuccessful, but what an experience it was!

When the family first opened Nick's, Mark worked as a bus boy, cleaner, and dishwasher, and when he became old enough he also hosted, bartended, and was a server. Mark, wanting to understand every aspect of the restaurant business, worked in the kitchen exclusively for four years. Now, Mark is most often found hosting at the front of the restaurant, warmly greeting customers and seating them when they arrive. As required, Mark jumps in ready to help wherever there is a need. Having a staff of 72 always keeps Mark on his toes. Mark is also involved with promotions and advertising, including all the great sayings on Nick's t-shirts.

Next time you stop by, be sure to say a quick hello to Mark. He'll be happy you did.