Catch You on the Rebound
By Curtis J. Phillips, Connect Contributor
Meeting Len Marcischuk in the fall of 1982, it was soon evident that he was a one-of-a-kind character.
Now 35 years later, he still has a unique personality that brings a smile to one’s face when engaging in conversation.
A young 75 years of age, Marcischuk was recently honoured as the 2016 Senior Citizen of the Year for Fort McMurray.
Due to a volunteer sports commitment, I could not make it out to honour my old friend.
But let me tell you a bit about him.
Despite the 15 years age difference, myself being the youngster, we always reminisce about our high school athletic days back in Winnipeg. Marcischuk was attending Tec Voc and playing for the Hornets and myself at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute located a few blocks away. (I was a Moron… oops… meant to spell Maroon.)
Over the years our stories tend to grow bigger and better.
Marcischuk was one of those key individuals we saw in Fort McMurray during the 1970s and 1980s; bee hiving from sport-to-sport to assist in any fashion needed.
In youth sports, he is past president of the Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association and coached/managed countless minor hockey teams for years while also finding time to coach the Bantam Girls Baseball Rep Team.
Marcischuk was also Trainer/Equipment Manager for the Suncor Blades, which were one of the top senior men’s hockey teams in the province in the early 1980s. NHL No. 1 pick in the 1966 draft, Barry Gibbs was one of the main stars of our local squad.
Marcischuk was also one of the founding fathers of the Fort McMurray Old-timers Hockey Association and President for Fort McMurray Senior Men’s Fastball where he played, coached and managed for several years.
A Power Engineer/Millwright at Suncor, retiring in 1997, he has since assisted in numerous community organizations among them being the Fort McMurray Golden Years Society, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165, Heritage Park Fort McMurray, Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre and Metis Local 1935. Also, I had a blast hosting a few shows with Marcischuk back in the days of ABC Cable TV 10.
Congrats my friend!
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Huge thanks to the World Boxing Council and pro sports teams Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Reds, etc., who came to the forefront by sending plenty of swag and player autographs when I contacted them in June. Because of them, we made up more than 60 back sacks to give out to local youth who were affected by the fire.
World Boxing Council is looking to send up a current world champion to visit and talk with local youth.
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Keyano Huskies Cassio Rodrigues is turning heads around town as the 6-foot-10, 265 chiselled native of Sao Paulo, Brazil is preparing for the upcoming basketball season in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference 2016-2017 season.
Keeping with the Huskies, men’s soccer coach Connor Brady has his team out to a quick start as the defending champion is undefeated in early season play outscoring the opposition 21-4 in four outings.
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After an impressive preseason, four wins and one loss, the Fort McMurray Oil Barons opened the 2016-2017 Alberta Junior Hockey League season with a victory on home ice at the Casman Centre, shutting out the Grande Prairie Storm on September 16. Eric Szudor turned back 29 shots and 8-0 on September 17, as goalie Nicholas Leeseberg was tested 19 times.
Shane Fraser, from Strathmore, Alberta, was the Barons young gun with three goals in the two game series while Damon Potter and third-year veteran Jackson McKinstry each had two.
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Sorry to hear of the passing of Wes Lastiwka who was a regular stock car racer for the Clearwater Car Club out at McMurray Speedway during the early 1980s.
Catch you on the rebound.
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