Professional athletes receive many requests – from appearances to autographs, et. al. Demands are made upon them and their time. I was always impressed how generous Jean Beliveau always was with his time and spirit. We are told that pro athletes are not role models. The example Mr. Beliveau set was important to me and it remains so.
Ken Dryden, the former Montreal Canadien great who contributed to the greater society as well after his retirement, writes beautifully in this piece about his reaction to a request for an autograph. The seeker was there in order to comfort his best friend, who at the time was in his last stages of cancer before dying at age 48.Canadiens fan Chris McNeill, born in Nova Scotia died, then a teacher in the Yukon, of metastatic liver cancer at age 48.This is the story of a great friend Forbes Robertson, a great person, Ken Dryden and how much acts of kindness can make a difference.Share