51. Young Canada Week (Richard Madge & Rob Bundy)

As a boy, I was hockey obsessed and growing up in Goderich meant I had access every year to the grand-daddy of all hockey tournaments.

Young Canada Week began in 1950 as a one-day, 12-team competition for peewee age players and over the years it grew into an exciting and important part of the fabric of Goderich and area. I would go on to draw young players like: Paul Henderson, Darryl Sittler, Brad Park, Ron Ellis, Larry Jeffrey, Gary Doak and yes, Wayne Gretzky … along with many others..

Last year, I was lucky enough to be asked to MC a Local Legends ceremony where they raised banners in the arena to celebrate the careers of former local NHL stars Al Dewsbury, Jack Price, Larry Jeffrey and Gary Doak. What a special honour that was.

In this episode, we will talk about the tourney’s humble beginnings, it’s rise to become one of the most famous tournaments in the world, the push to stay relevant in an ever changing world and some of our own special memories and brushes with hockey fame.

Lion’s Club member and former teacher & coach Richard Madge will join us, along with one of oldest pals, Rob Bundy. I hope you’ll click the link below and listen in as we share stories about a little hockey tournament that has been a big part of “a life that’s good” for so many people.




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