Ah hockey, Canada's pastime and definitely the predominant religion of Edmontonians. The City Of Champions is still reveling from the high of Canada's gold medal win at the World Juniors, and is always up for some hockey talk. Whether you're watching a game live, at a bar, or getting your own game on, the YEG has plenty of places to play, watch and cheers to our favourite sport.
I'm Canadian. I like sports. I like hockey. I also happen to be Black. That's why it was such a point of pride to see P.K. Subban on the ice; the NHL was finally making good on its intention to court more non-white fans. Then I watched P.K.'s teammate, George Parros, get wheeled off the ice on a stretcher, and I wondered how many new fans thought they just saw a man die.
True story. Early one morning as my wife was signing-in at a corporate golf tournament, a charming and magnetic man sidled up to her and, with a playful twinkle in his eyes, he smiled mischievously and told her that he loved her. Turns out, that man was Walter Gretzky. This was just another notch in my long (and partially true) history with the Gretzky family.