Wis­dom of the Ages

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KEN DRY­DEN, 70, was a goalie for the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens in the 1970s, dur­ing which time the team won six Stan­ley Cups. He also played for Team Canada in the 1972 Sum­mit Se­ries. He has been in­ducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Cana­dian Sports Hall of Fame. He is a former fed­eral mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and cabi­net min­is­ter and is the au­thor of five books, in­clud­ing The Game and Home Game (with Roy MacGregor). His lat­est is Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Mon­ta­dor and the Fu­ture of Hockey, a sub­ject that is a pas­sion for Dry­den.

“This is a book about the life of a hockey player, who had CTE,” he ex­plains. Chronic Trau­matic En­cephalopa­thy (CTE) is a de­gen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease found in ath­letes, mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and oth­ers with a his­tory of repet­i­tive brain trauma. “It is about a game, how it has changed since its be­gin­nings and why, and how those changes af­fect those who play it and watch it. It is about aware­ness of a prob­lem but, more than that, it is about turn­ing aware­ness into ac­tion. It is about de­ci­sion-mak­ers and how bet­ter de­ci­sions hap­pen. It is a book about out­rage and hope.”

What ad­vice do you wish you had given your 25-yearold self? Just keep do­ing. You’ll find out fast whether it’s good and right for you or not.

What ad­vice would you give your 80-year-old self? Do some­thing that has pur­pose.

What do you know for sure? I will never go ev­ery­where and do ev­ery­thing, and that’s okay.

What have you learned? You can never know if you can do some­thing – just never know that you can’t. What will you never learn? To play the pi­ano.

Best piece of ad­vice? The best play comes with learn­ing, and the best learn­ing comes with play.

Did it work? Yes, but some­times the hard way.

What in­spires you? Watch­ing some­one so ab­sorbed in what they are do­ing that it mat­ters more to them than they do.

The mo­ment that changed ev­ery­thing? When I mar­ried Lynda.

Hap­pi­ness is … Hang­ing around our kids and grand­kids.

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