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Page 69 - Glace Bay Cinderella Miners

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/2/1 (273 reads)

I guess the mean part of me came out on the ice, if there was such a thing. But I was never--don't consider myself a mean person. I'm very shy and compassionate person. But on the ice, it just turned right around. I don't know why. But this all built-up ener? gy just poured out on the ice. (Were you aggressive like Elmer "Porky" MacMullin?) No. No. I was different ag? gressiveness. My desire was--my aggression was put into doing the best I could on the ice, and scoring as many goals as I could. You know, that was my form of aggression. It was never to go out there and decide, well, I'm going to get this fellow, I'm going to get that fellow. My aggression was directed towards putting the puck in the other team's net. That was my stimulation. (And when you say fight, you mean...?) Drop your gloves and go at it. (Oh, that was clean. That was straightforward.) That was straightforward. There was never any-- like today you'll see stickwork, hitting from behind. I dropped my gloves and.... I built up a reputation like that. And peo? ple knew that if they did something to me that I didn't like, then they would have to expect that I would drop my gloves and fight with them. (What do you think it is that made you the capable hockey player that you were?) It came from the fact that I'd spent hours skating. I would spend 8 and 10 hours a" day out on the ponds, skating. Every day. And I built up strong legs and strong arms. And I built up somewhat of an abili? ty to be able to go around people on the ice. I had a strong skating ability. And that was developed only at hours and hours of skating. I'd skate hours. Like today, the kids'11 skate maybe an hour or two a week. I skated 8 and 10 hours a day. So I onme prince and Beverage Room Home of Scottish Hospitality (grill Home Cooked Meals Steaks a Specialty reeves ST. 562-4484 SYDNEY '''''H'i'H IliU '''BB''''''''' ' '''''HL' "' '''''K''i'''''M WUm ill m ''r' Fred Courtney gets scoring champion's trophy; Angus ly/lacDou- gall with the C.B. Jr. Hockey League trophy. On left, Len Morri? son, Air Canada; right, Dan A. MacDonald, Mayor of Glace Bay. built up a strong pair of legs. Had a good strong upper body. I built that up working in the woods and what have you. (Working in the woods?) Yes. Well, my un? cle would go to the woods and cut hard? wood, and I'd go with him. Then I would cut the hardwood with a saw and cut it up with a saw and carry it. So I built up a strong upper body doing that. I walked, I'd hunt. So therefore my legs and arms--I had strong stamina. I could play pretty well 60 minutes a hockey game, and not get tired. So, I had the physical strength. I had the skating ability. And I had a lit? tle bit of ability to go around people when the occasion presented itself. THE TREASURE COVE GIFTS AND HANDCRAFTS High quality gifts and crafts from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and abroad 1-902-564-8158 t re AS ores /cr c(t'iNr'xn Children's books and toys - pre-school to 12 years 1-902-539-3035 Open Moh.-Sat. 9-6, Thurs.-Fri. until 9 74 Townsend St., Sydney, N. S. Bl P 508 Cape Breton Mental Health Centre Main Location: 1st Floor, Cape Breton Hospital, Sydney River Satellite Clinics Serve These Areas; North Sydney ~ Glace Bay ~ New Waterford ~ Neil's Harbour Ingonish ~ Cheticamp - Baddeck ~ St. Peter's Please Call 562-3202 or 562-3110 or 562-3333 Services: Psychotherapy ~ Individual Counselling - Marriage & Family Counselling Group Therapy - Consultation to Agencies, Schools, etc. Drug Therapy ~ Forensic Assessment ~ Psychological Testing Parenting ~ Children's Services Referrals accepted from all sources. You can even refer yourself.
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