This isn’t really Senators related, but there’s a definite theme of hockey and Canadiana here.
Some childhood memories came flooding back when Howie Meeker and Michael J. Fox were awarded the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall Friday.
Once upon a time, Meeker was Don Cherry, Hockey Night in Canada’s intermission commentator. Cherry may be famous for the gaudy jackets which would make Liberace blush, but my introduction to hockey came with Meeker wearing the pale blue CBC blazer, sparking his analysis with his high-pitched cries of “golly-gee whillickers” and “real barnburners”.
I can also distinctly remember wanting to be one of those kids who was getting first-hand instruction from Meeker at his hockey camps.
As for Michael J. Fox, well, Family Ties was a weekly ritual — both for his humour and for his sister, Mallory — when I wasn’t thinking about hockey. And let’s face it, Back to the Future was a pretty cool movie when it came out.
Fox was a picture of class in accepting his honour, saying he didn’t deserve to be in the company of Meeker, author Farley Mowat, musician Robbie Robertson and the other 41 Canadians who received the honour.
“Listen, you want a case of the imposter syndrome just sit in this room and in one of these chairs and listen to all these people’s accomplishments and what they’ve done,” said Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the 1990′s and has since been a champion for research into the disease through his foundation. “I don’t begin for a second to put myself in the league of any of these people, but when I listen to what they’ve done, that’s Canadian to me. It’s a seriousness and a sense of humour . . . It’s enjoyment and a sense of life.”
Good on Alex P. Keaton. And congrats to Howie Meeker, whose contributions to hockey shouldn’t be lost just because Cherry never leaves the stage.
In case you missed the full story, it’s here at…”http://www.canada.com/sports/Michael+Robbie