Rave review

Check out what SI.com’s Allan Muir thinks of Tomas Plekanec and the Canadiens’ approach to nurturing young talent.

High praise, indeed, from a really astute hockey writer.

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The Captain has class:
Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo met the media today for the first time since his wife was diagnosed with cancer.
Among Alexia Kontolemos’s well-wishers, Calvillo said, was Saku Koivu, who sent her a card.

 

12 Comments

  1. Scott in Montreal says:

    Expect nothing less from Saku. When I used to work at the Peel Street McD’s in the 90’s he would come in from time to time on his way to practice. Always recognized and saluted by the kitchen staff, his presence would make our day. Everyone wanted to know what he ordered etc. (Used to be the same with Ryan Walter when he’d bring his family in at the Beaconsfield McD’s before church every Sunday. I was a sixteen year-old star-struck kid then and we used to fight each other for the chance to make his eggs. He liked ’em over easy.)

    Back to Koivu however: we used to have a collection bin for loose change in front of each cash register for the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, and Saku always made sure to clean out his pockets completely into those things. I know; it’s not like a guy making his kind of dough would miss it, but the way he made such a point of it really showed that he understood how blessed he is, and how important it is for someone of his stature to show leadership and empathy for the less fortunate, even if there was hardly anyone around to notice it.

    And this was before his battle against cancer.

  2. Scott in Montreal says:

    Expect nothing less from Saku. When I used to work at the Peel Street McD’s in the 90’s he would come in from time to time on his way to practice. Always recognized and saluted by the kitchen staff, his presence would make our day. Everyone wanted to know what he ordered etc. (Used to be the same with Ryan Walter when he’d bring his family in at the Beaconsfield McD’s before church every Sunday. I was a sixteen year-old star-struck kid then and we used to fight each other for the chance to make his eggs. He liked ’em over easy.)

    Back to Koivu however: we used to have a collection bin for loose change in front of each cash register for the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, and Saku always made sure to clean out his pockets completely into those things. I know; it’s not like a guy making his kind of dough would miss it, but the way he made such a point of it really showed that he understood how blessed he is, and how important it is for someone of his stature to show leadership and empathy for the less fortunate, even if there was hardly anyone around to notice it.

    And this was before his battle against cancer.


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