Raptors Forum | Toronto Raptors Forums & Message Boards

Raptors Forum | Toronto Raptors Forums & Message Boards (http://www.raptorsforum.com/f/)
-   Other Sports (http://www.raptorsforum.com/f/f47/)
-   -   HOF Writer Jim Kelly passes away at 61 (http://www.raptorsforum.com/f/f47/hof-writer-jim-kelly-passes-away-61-a-18274.html)

jeffb 12-01-2010 04:55 PM

HOF Writer Jim Kelly passes away at 61
 
Quote:

Jim Kelley Passes Away
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Jim Kelley, a longtime sports writer and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 61. Kelley was a broadcaster on all-sports radio station THE FAN 590, and a hockey columnist on Rogers Sportsnet's website. He posted his final column on Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday - a retrospective on Brian Burke's career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


``Jim displayed every attribute you would want not only in a journalist, but a person as well,'' Patrick Grier, Sportsnet's managing editor of hockey, said on the website. ``He operated with a character and integrity that was to be admired, and it led him to stories lesser writers wouldn't get. He was a true pro, and I know he would take a special pride in having filed a column on the day he died.''

Buffalo News sports editor Steve Jones confirmed that Kelley died Tuesday at Buffalo General Hospital.

Kelley spent much of his 30-year career covering the NHL for the newspaper before taking jobs with FoxSports.com, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated as well as his work in Toronto.

Kelley covered 23 consecutive Stanley Cup finals, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 upon receiving the Elmer Ferguson Award for outstanding work in hockey journalism. He was scheduled to be inducted into the Buffalo Sabres' Hall of Fame on Jan. 1.

``He was that veteran scribe who could sniff out a misdirection play from some coach or organization faster than you could say 'Hull's foot was in the crease,''' hockey columnist Mark Spector said on Sportsnet.ca. ``He would break the story the team didn't want broken, and had a legendary dust-up with Dominik Hasek because of it.''

Kelley questioned Hasek's toughness in a 1997 column, and when Kelley approached the Sabres goalie for an interview after a loss to the Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the playoffs, Hasek attacked the writer, receiving a three-game suspension and US$10,000 fine.

Kelley is survived by his wife Susan, daughters Erin and Megan, and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were pending.


http://www.legendsofhockey.net/graph...med04Kelly.jpg




Jim Kelley Passes Away - The FAN 590 Toronto - News

js12 12-01-2010 05:20 PM

He wrote an article on the day he died too...

Chiggmo 12-01-2010 05:30 PM

So sorry to hear, I've actually met him numerous times, guy is a class act, and a legend.

fancylad 12-01-2010 05:54 PM

i enjoyed listening to him.

jeffb 12-01-2010 05:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 469984)
i enjoyed listening to him.

So did i actually, him and McCowan were good together on the radio. Great banter between those two. Seemed like a nice man.

Benzo 12-01-2010 07:30 PM

Bob McCowan's intro today was absolutely heartbreaking.

jeffb 12-01-2010 07:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Benzo (Post 470085)
Bob McCowan's intro today was absolutely heartbreaking.

shit i didn't hear that. did he break down?

Benzo 12-01-2010 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeafFanB (Post 470094)
shit i didn't hear that. did he break down?

Its on the fan.com now. No he didn't, just hearing him talk about his inability to "talk" about it yet.


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:00 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright RaptorsForum.com 2005-2011


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24