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Win Today and Walk Together Forever

This was the theme of tonight’s Hockey Hall Of Fame.

The words came from famed Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero, who was a posthumous inductee at tonight’s proceedings, and spoken so many years ago before the Fyers won their Championship.

The other new members were Chris CheliosBrendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Scott Niedermayer. Between the 3 players, they competed professionally for over 60 years, winning numerous Stanley Cups, and other championships, and a host of individual awards as well.

The night commenced with Chelios, who could hardly contain his emotions when speaking about family and friends throughout his speech. His journey was unlike the others when he started out pursuing his dream from the west coast in San Diego. Raised first in Chicago, but with a strange twist ended up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and then the University of Wisconsin.

The highlights of the night for me, was when the whole Flyers contingent rose in the crowd…AND WALKED TOGETHER once again in honor of their honored coach Fred Shero. The speech was given by his son, Penguins G.M. Ray Shero. The faces of Parent, Barber, Clarke, Crisp, and owner Ed Snider brought tears to the eyes of many, recalling those glory days of the Broad Street Bullies.

The other moment I enjoyed was the closing honoree Brendan Shanahan, who spoke from the heart about his Dad, now gone, and his mother, who was in attendance. Shanny was about as tough as they come, backing down from no one, and one of the best goal scorers of all time.

He thanked his older brothers for always including him in the street games, and spoke with such pride about his Irish heritage and the name bestowed upon him by his late father.

2000+ penalty minutes, over 600 goals, and numerous championships, and you could see him quite composed up there, but fighting the emotion of the moment, and reflecting on the most important things……all those that had been involved in his successes.

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