The Alaska Almanac: Facts about Alaska by Nancy Gates, Whitekeys
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He carried it to a record eleven Stanley Cups (among North American pro athletes only ex-Boston Celtic Bill Russell has eleven championships), but while he was popular with fans—and a better skater, stickhandler, checker and playmaker than Maurice—he never touched the hearts of Montrealers the way his brother did. Henri was shaking hands and talking to people as if he were standing in a small neighborhood funeral parlor. ” I could not think of anything to write. , by which time 115,000 mourners had filed past Richard’s body.
But in the meantime the farm animals would be sheltered, well fed and provided with veterinary care, while the coyotes would be free, free to starve or freeze to death to be sure, but free nonetheless. Unconfined. Forced to choose, I’d rather be a coyote. In a minor way the matter of confinement was one of the reasons we were driving several hundred miles to skate on a canal. When we skate on our rink or on the aptly named Little Jennings Pond near our house, we’re confined, our movement limited and prescribed by the configuration of boards or shore.
Traffic was light, the border crossing fast and we were in our hotel by mid-afternoon. 4-mile (7-kilometer) skateable stretch of the Rideau. Our original plan had been to skate the Canal on Sunday, but with snow in the forecast and with a few hours of daylight remaining we decided to skate that afternoon. We skipped lunch and, dressed in lined nylon running suits and down parkas, hustled through the hotel lobby in which we saw at least a half-dozen people carrying skates. “Don’t forget to take your boots with you,” a woman at the desk told us and then immediately began backpedaling.