About Me


It’s good to be older.

My dad brought home a television in the late 1950’s and I witnessed the Canadiens win at least two of their five in a row from 1955 to 1960 from our living room in Orillia. I saw the Rocket and Doug Harvey and Jacques Plante and the rest play live in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens, and my dad had Toe Blake take my book into the dressing room to have Harvey sign it.

When I was a young teen in the early 1960’s, I went to the old Montreal Forum twice to see games. It was before the renovations of the Forum in 1968, and the pillars were still in place blocking people’s views. After one game, I went down near the Canadiens dressing room and watched the trainers bring out the duffel bags from the old corridor, bags which I knew held the magical equipment of Beliveau, Geoffrion, Backstrom and all the others.

I was a nearly-22 year old bartender in Sudbury when the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series took place, and I saw every game. I was alone, watching a grainy black and white TV when Paul Henderson scored in game eight.

I was dating my first wife and together we watched the Canadiens-Red Army game on New Years Eve of 1975, from a high-rise in Ottawa.

I drank beer with Aurele Joliat and drove him home afterwards, gave Glenn Hall a tour of Powell River, saw Bobby Orr play when he was 16 years old in an exhibition game in Bracebridge, met the Rocket, and have had great luck in being in the right place at the right time, many times.

I saw dozens of Original Six games in Toronto, including the Habs on many occasions, and marveled at Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Tim Horton, Bobby Orr and rest, in their prime, from seats at Maple Leaf Gardens.

As a teen, I hitchhiked all over Canada and down to Los Angeles, saw the Beatles live in Toronto in 1966, and have lived a wild and crazy life. And I wouldn’t change most of it. I’ve also been to Russia seven times and have met several of the Soviet players from the ’72 Series, and I was lucky enough to be taken for a ride with the Snowbirds on a media day a few years back when I was a newspaper columnist.

I’m proud to have been there in special times and am nearing retirement age now, but recently moved from Canada’s west coast to Montreal where I worked for Classic Auctions, the biggest and best historical hockey auction house in the world.

Here’s hoping you enjoy my site and visit often.

If for any reason you’d like to email me, my address is dpkane@outlook.com

52 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I just got a post from sister, Janis, about the Bob Hope picture on the Orillia facebook page. Never seen it before. Bob is walking out onto the park dock to board the Capri, the 52 foot long boat owned by the Phelps family for a cruise from Orillia to Barrie after officially opening the new CFOR building on West Street a bit earlier. Gord Smith, owner of CFOR, hired Bob to come for the opening and enticed him with the promise of a nice boat cruise where he could have some down time.The reason I know this is that’s me and Mary Lynn Lemmon walking with him on the right side while Mary Lynn’s older sister Barbara Jean is on Bob’s left and a bit behind in the white shoes. I’m 9 years old and I’m wearing a cast on my right arm after breaking my elbow in a fall. I’m not 100% sure but I think the police officer is Chief MacIntyre. The teenage girl beside Bob on the left is his daughter and behind her is Dolores Hope. Don’t recognize anyone else. My cast was autographed by Mr. Hope in the reception area of CFOR just after the ribbon was cut and I have a picture of that from the Packet that is getting mighty yellow so I should get it in to the Facebook page before it disintegrates. I’ve got a couple of Orillia stories we should swap sometime soon. One involves Jiggs. AND I have a recording of Rudy Pilous, Black Hawks coach, telling some semi-dirty jokes (by today’s standards) at one of the Orillia Sportsmen’s dinners from the 60’s. One of the CFOR guys gave it to my Dad to listen to and he never gave it back. I memorized most of the jokes and still tell a couple of them to this day. You’re about the only guy I can think of who might be interested in stuff like this. Any chance you could scan and email me the Hope picture? I’d be forever grateful. Keep in touch, eh!

  2. Hi Brad. That’s some cool stuff you’re mentioning here. Hope you’re doing great. Yes, I’ll get you a copy one way or the other. Really great hearing from you. And I’d sure like to hear those jokes.

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