It's one thing to have your jersey retired, quite another to have your sons witness the ceremony.
What made Adam Foote's Sault Ste. Marie experience even more special Saturday, was the presence of his boys, 13-year-old Callan and 11-year-old Nolan.
The former NHL defenceman, wife Jennifer and their sons stood at centre ice as the Soo Greyhounds retired No. 5 prior to their 10-9 victory over Windsor at Essar Centre.
Beginning in 1988, the 40-year-old Foote played three seasons for the Hounds, helping lead the team to the 1990-1991 Ontario Hockey League championship.
It was just a sidebar to a bigger story that could unfold at the NHL awards.
Although sick, yet determined to help the Colorado Avalanche push for a playoff position, Gabriel Landeskog struck for his first career overtime goal last week and then crumpled to the ice.
Drained and dragging his butt back to the dressing room, his summation was what has him dominating recent Calder Trophy conversation ahead of Adam Henrique of New Jersey and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Edmonton.
"Got through the game," said Landeskog. "That's all that matters. We've got to keep going."
A great end to a great regular season.
With three goals and an assist in today’s 5-1 win over Kingston — earning him first-star status — Sudbury Wolves offensive cornerstone Michael Sgarbossa surpassed the 100-point plateau to finish atop the OHL scoring race.
His productive afternoon allowed him to nudge past Ottawa’s Tyler Toffoli and finish with 47 goals and 55 assists.
The 19-year-old Campbellville centre — now property of the Colorado Avalanche — had at least one point in 22 of his last 25 games, and enjoyed a 19-game point streak that lasted from late January to early March.
Speaking of his final game of the regular season:
And he did, in fine style, scoring three goals and assisting on one other as the Wolves beat the Frontenacs 5-1 to close out the regular season.
Sgarbossa finished the season with 47 goals and 55 assists, good for 102 points, to edge Toffoli by two, after the Ottawa sniper scored once in a 4-3 loss to Brampton on Sunday.
"I didn’t think they took that point away from me, but then people were telling me they did," Sgarbossa said on Sunday evening. "But that was fine, because I wanted to win without that cheesy point, anyway. That just put an exclamation mark on real points tonight."
He credited his teammates with helping him clinch by doing their best to keep the puck on his stick Sunday.
"They were trying hard for me," Sgarbossa said. "In the third, they were just telling me to shoot everything. They were all helping me out."
If you are in Saskatoon you might want to check out this next exhibit:
Hockey and high art aren’t often readily associated with each other.
But in an exhibit featuring work by a pair of Torontonians, the two have come together in unique fashion.
Liz Pead and Roch Smith have both been creating hockey-related art pieces for years, but they didn’t know each other before a Saskatoon art gallery curator brought them together, seeing the compatibility of their work.
The result is Game On, an exhibit that opened in Saskatoon on March 2 and runs until April 21.
Paul Henderson isn't feeling too well. He's suffered six concussions, had his nose broken eight times and now is fighting cancer.
Time is a slippery character in the seven-decade pageant of Paul Henderson. It pauses and surges and even spools backward at times.
Every other day, somebody is commemorating the 40-year-old feats of his younger self with a coin or a stamp or a monument. In recent months he’s approved a beverage, a documentary and a few other memorial souvenirs bearing his triumphant image, frozen in 1972.
Today, much of his body – brick stomach, lumberjack forearms, beach-ready biceps – appears stalled in that same era.
But time has definitely passed. Mr. Henderson marked his 37th anniversary as a Christian this week with a call to his spiritual mentor. Later this year, it’s his 50th wedding anniversary. Six months from now, he’ll mark the 40th birthday of his Sept. 28th goal and the Summit Series it capped off in a reunion with former teammates, the youngest of whom is a 60-year-old grandfather.