Ready to Run

Kraft Hock­eyville of­fers Is­lan­ders po­ten­tial once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS - Joe McIntyre Joe MacIn­tyre is a Summerside res­i­dent. His col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day. Com­ments and sug­ges­tions can be sent to j-mac@eastlink.ca

The 37th an­nual Terry Fox Run goes on Sun­day in more than 60 coun­tries around the world.

Started in 1981, the an­nual run has raised over 700 mil­lion dol­lars for the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion and quite likely will add at least an­other 50 mil­lion to that to­tal af­ter the 2017 event. Many re­mem­ber that April 1980 day in St. John’s, New­found­land, when Fox be­gan his in­cred­i­ble run that would cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of Cana­di­ans.

One 143 days later just out­side of Thun­der Bay, On­tario, is where Fox would have to give up his run af­ter his can­cer resur­faced.

He had run equiv­a­lent to a marathon a day on one leg and cov­ered a to­tal of 5,393 kilo­me­tres or 3,393 miles.

Even over 37 years later it is hard to com­pre­hend just how far that is. That is like run­ning from P.E.I. to Bos­ton and back al­most three times in a five­month pe­riod.

Fox raised about $1.7 mil­lion in that 1980 Marathon of Hope and passed away as a Canadian Hero on June 28, 1981 at the young age of 23. Whether you run, walk, bike or crawl, Is­lan­ders are en­cour­aged to get out and sup­port the run in one of many com­mu­ni­ties across P.E.I. who are host­ing a run.

EX­PEN­SIVE TICK­ETS

I had a re­cent con­ver­sa­tion with a fel­low who has a fam­ily mem­ber tak­ing their son to an up­com­ing Canadiens game in Mon­treal. He men­tioned that it was in ex­cess of $500 for the three tick­ets, which is a lot to see a NHL game.

Those prices are mak­ing it very hard for your ev­ery­day hockey fan to even see a game, and for a lot of peo­ple, al­most im­pos­si­ble. Add in all the other costs and one has to won­der is a hockey trip re­ally worth it? For those Is­lan­ders who are lucky enough to get Kraft Hock­eyville tick­ets for the NHL game in Summerside, on Sept 25, it may be their only chance to ever see an NHL game.

That’s what makes the up­com­ing game with Ot­tawa and New Jersey so spe­cial. It will be a thrill for many to see the game and even bet­ter that they do not have to break the bank to do so.

KRAFT HOCK­EYVILLE

The ex­cite­ment is build­ing for the NHL game com­ing up in Summerside fea­tur­ing Ot­tawa and New Jersey and es­pe­cially for those who get tick­ets. There will be dis­ap­point­ment for those that don’t, but the game is na­tion­ally tele­vised on Sport­snet, which is bet­ter than not see­ing it at all.

It will be neat to see a tele­vised NHL game in Summerside, some­thing that has never hap­pened on P.E.I. be­fore and quite likely will never hap­pen again. That is un­less an­other com­mu­nity like O’Leary wins Hock­eyville.

It will be a lot of fun to see the game and even more so with the added ex­cite­ment know­ing the whole event is tak­ing place in front of a Na­tional TV au­di­ence.

MLB BASE­BALL

The Cleve­land In­di­ans have the at­ten­tion of base­ball fans with their in­cred­i­ble win­ning streak that sits at 22 games go­ing into week­end ac­tion. It is the se­cond long­est streak in MLB his­tory, se­cond only to the 1916 New York Gi­ants who won 26 in a row, which in­cluded a tie be­cause the game was called be­cause of dark­ness. Cleve­land needs to sweep Kansas City this week­end and then beat Ana­heim both Tues­day and Wed­nes­day to set a new record, and hope­fully they do just that.

VERSITILITY

Andrew Romine is a very good util­ity player who has played eight of nine po­si­tions this year for the Detroit Tigers.

He al­ways wanted to play all nine po­si­tions in the same game and that may hap­pen ei­ther this week­end against Chicago or the Tigers se­ries against Oak­land which starts Mon­day. Tigers man­age­ment is fine with it as long as ei­ther Chicago or Oak­land go along with it as the Tigers do not want to make a mock­ery of it.

Play­ing all nine po­si­tions in one game has been done only four times in MLB his­tory, with the last be­ing in Septem­ber 2000.

Iron­i­cally it was the Tigers Shane Hal­ter who did it in a Detroit win over Min­nesota. Have a great week.

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