There are some things we're meant to do in this life, and there are some things we're simply not.
Sports, I am not cut out for - especially contact sports like football, rugby and what's on my mind right now, hockey.
A/C posted today on his non-encounters with Rocket Richard. It got me thinking about famous people, why they're famous and with which of them I might have had some contact.
I often work with media personalities local to the area, but I was hard pressed to think of any sports icons.
Then I remembered Tim Horton's. Not the coffee shop specifically, but rather the events I do sound for in support of the Children's Ranch in the Kananaskis.
For a number of years, the event was hosted by Dennis and Bobby Hull. Both hockey legends in their own right.
Dennis Hull - in my opinion a much, much funnier man than his older brother Bobby.
Bobby Hull - The "Golden Jet" often teased by his younger brother over his seemingly vast number of wives!
In recent years I've worked directly with Kelly Hrudey.
What do I admire about him?
He knows how to wear a wireless lavaliere microphone!
A few years back we had a number of guest speakers at the Tim Horton Charity Golf Tournament. Two microphones for three presenters. Kelly was the MC, so he kept his microphone throughout the evening. I cannot remember specifically the other two presenters, but one fellow didn't like where I had placed the microphone - in the centre of his chest, clipped to his tie. (as is standard procedure) Then this fellow did something really dumb.
ON HIS WAY TO THE PODIUM, HE MOVED THE CLIP-ON MICROPHONE TO HIS LEFT COLLAR!
When this fellow addressed the left side of the room, we heard everything clearly. When he addressed the right side, we lost him completely. There was nothing I could do except watch him very closely and adjust the volume of his microphone according to the direction he was facing.
When Kelly got up to speak once again, all was well because HE had placed his microphone correctly - and left it there!
Kelly Hrudey - posed for this shot as he passed by my table at the 2007 Tim Horton Charity Golf Tournament
So my admiration for a famous hockey player may have nothing to do with the sport, but it's obvious that when getting up to speak, he knows what the GOAL is, and that's to be HEARD.
I may not play sports, but in making it possible for some of those who do to be heard, I connect with them and that keeps me interested in the game.