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Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame

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It’s hard for non-Canadians to understand just how popular ice hockey is in Canada.  It’s bigger than football (soccer) in Europe.  Bigger than cricket in India.  Bigger even than NFL or college football in the USA.  Canadians consider hockey to be THEIR game, and that is reflected in Canadian culture.  If two Canadians meet somewhere, chances are they’ll probably talk about hockey.
Most young boys (and probably girls today) learn to skate, hold a hockey stick, and handle a puck while you skate.  When I was in grade school, my friends and I would often play hockey on a small patch of ice my dad made for us every winter.  We were clearly amateurs, but it was a lot of fun …

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“Pic of the Week”. January 24, 2014. Killer Whales, Vancouver, British Columbia

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During the past decade or so, I’ve often encountered colorfully painted animal art on the streets of many cities.  The plasticized animal varies from town to town — sometimes a bear, sometimes a moose, sometimes a deer.  But invariably they’re nice works of art making each of these cities a little more beautiful and interesting.

A few years ago, while visiting Vancouver, I discovered dozens of these killer whale statues around downtown.  All were beautifully decorated and each had a unique personality.  The water off Vancouver’s coast harbors large numbers of killer whales, so their choice as animal mascot is a good one for the city.  These few especially appealed to me — a trio in Vancouver Canuck hockey jerseys (so …

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