Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

As Christmas week of 2014 begins, we look back at the NHL Oldtimers Holiday lunch held on December 1st.

Wally Stanowski and family
L to R: Bob Baun, Johnny Bower and Phil Samis with Santa
L to R: Bob Nevin, Dean Prentice and Terry Clancy
Johnny Bower holds the newest member of Sue Foster's family(her grandchild)
Al & Lorraine Shaw bookend Santa and their niece Jennifer Anderson
No party is complete without cake
Sons-of-a-Leaf (L to R): Blaine Smith (Sid) and Ron Watson (Harry) 
Ron Wicks (C) with Santa & Dean Prentice
Jennifer Anderson and Jimmy Morrison with Santa

The highlight of the Christmas lunch came when Al Shaw presented Johnny Bower with his plated chair. These are only given to those who reach their 90th birthday. During his talk, Johnny showed a wide range of emotions. Upon receiving his chair, Johnny cracked a couple of jokes and was really pleased to be honoured. Then, his eyes watered-up when he spoke of his good friend Gordie Howe and the health problems he was experiencing. To the delight of everyone in the room, Johnny ended his speech by singing his holiday classic, 'Honky The Christmas Goose'


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