It was 67, our last cup year,
that Keon skated to all the fans cheers.
Soon after that during the Ballard reign,
Keon left, it wasn't the same.
It's been fourty years,
since we last held the cup.
For all of Daves fans,
it's been long enough.
The fans are all here,
and the stars are a bright.
In March of 07
lets put this thing right.
It's time to hoist #14 up high,
and make it right John, just give it a try.
It won't be the same
till we bring Davey home.
Come on John, make the call,
dial the phone.
Wrote for the greatest player to ever don the blue and white.
November 8th, 2006|
Thank you Bill! Man, it's been 25 years since I've wept, but does this ever bring back memories! I was a kid when he played, and can't shake the memory of everyone around me who wanted to be #14 as we got together to play street hockey, not to mention the guys I played with for real through to Midget (rep). Not just about Dave Keon, but a general reminder of how great things were in Canada during that time. You're doing a good thing Bill, and should be congratulated. It'll be about time run with this!
I have never seen so many signatures come up so quickly on one of these things, guess Mike Strobel needs some kudos on that too. I bought the Sun this morning and didn't get a chance to read it till now (7PM).
I'd appreciate it if you didn't use my name...real men don't cry! Especially those that have played hockey at a high level.
This was our Jean Beliveau, and then some. Too bad we tend to spit on our hero's.
October 5, 2006|
Name: T.J. Sakaluk
City/Country: Hamilton, Ontario
Comments: I saw the story in the Spec this morning and thought you'd like this story about Matt Stajan. I grew up around Hamilton but played 4 years of AAA hockey in Toronto. One of those years I played with Matt and we were pretty good friends back then. Matt grew up in Mississauga with his parents and sister and was by far the biggest leaf fan I knew at the time. His dad was also a leafs fan and transformed the room Matt shot pucks in into Maple Leaf Gardens. The room had fake boards and the lines painted on the floor including the famous maple leaf at centre ice with the white face-off dot in the middle. Hanging on the wall in the basement was a framed Keon jersey. Dave was idolized in that house and it was Matt's dream to wear number 14 for the blue and white. If anybody deserves to wear it, I believe Matt is the person. If not for him, then at least for Mr. Stajan.
Thanks for the guest book letter. I did not know Matt's history concerning Dave Keon and now I feel a lot better about Matt wearing number 14. He truly does deserve to wear that number in honour of Mr. Keon.
Thanks again, Bill Pauhl
Great Net Site, thanks Bill
Do you know what number Davey wore when he played for St. Michael's College Majors?
I'm thinking about buying a new St. Mikes jersey and sewing on Keon and his Jr. A number.
I went to the Gardens for the unofficial Davey Keon night, when he came back to MLG for the first time with Hartford Whalers and Gordie Howe. Leafs won 3 to 1 and all the fans were cheering for Hartford! Davey and Gordie both got goals that night.
Davey was introduced last and I was so choked up for the national anthem, I could not sing. Tears were running down my cheeks......and I wasn't the only one.
Previous to the game (I had never done this before) I made up a Welcome Home Davey banner and asked if I could hang it up behind the goal (end blues?) . The people in the office said okay.
The next day my banner appeared on the front page of the Toronto Star!
After the game I got Gordie and a bunch of the leafs to sign it, but I could not find Keon. (John Anderson was so pissed off at the Toronto crowd, he refused to sign it.)
Apparently before that game, old Connie Smythe had his driver bring him down from the farm (he was in a wheelchair by then) to thank Davey and apologize for the shabby way he'd been treated by Stafford's old cronies.
After saying "no visitors" Davey consented when he learned that it was Mr. Smythe at the dressing room door and they had a short but emotional meeting.
What a classy move that was by Conn eh? Apparently he was so ill by then that he couldn't even stay to watch the game. Instead his driver drove him back North to the farm.
Who knows, perhaps "they" made a pact right there and then. A burden that Keon is now left to carry on his own. ?
Thanks for the story Peter
I was at the Rolling stones concert in Toronto last month wearing my red wing hat and there was a guy sitting beside me with a leaf shirt on and I asked him if he was a fan, he told he was back in seventies, until they got rid of Davie Keon.
I replied that is why I do not support the leafs. I told him that I swore off the leafs the day they let him go to the WHA and the red wings were my new team and still are. As the conversation continued I knew I had a ace in the hole with the fact that I was going to tell him that I attended the Billy Harris Dave Keon Hockey School at Double Rink Area in Toronto. After listening to him talk about my hero I finally decided to drop the hammer, I met him, I was instructed by him, I slept there at the bunkers, I even ate in the same room with him. After dropping the bomb shell he turned and looked at me and told me in great detail that he also went to the same hockey school the same time I did ( 1972, 1973).
We have been in touch since then and does it ever bring back memories.
For some reason I decided to go on the internet today ( 08/28/03 ) to find out what had happend to our hero. I typed in keon and your site came up all I can say is thank-you.
thank you again
Peter Finnerty # 14
Thanks for the great story Peter
To the Fans of Dave Keon -- update!
November 11, 2006
Yesterday I was informed that Dave Keon would be signing autographs at the HHOF from noon to 1:30pm. My wife and I headed out early Saturday to get there in time and we did make it but we were told that we might not get to see Dave as the line was to long. We decided to circumvent the line and go directly to the HHOF management to arrange a meeting with Dave. With some persistence on my part I was directed to Peter Jagla Vice-President, Marketing. Peter was extremely helpful and actually asked Dave if he would see me, Dave said yes. So when most people had left I was taken upstairs but Dave was still busy with friends so we stood by waiting for him to finish. Dave was informed that there was a luncheon upstairs so he then proceeded to leave but when he reached the top of the stairs he stopped and looked around and said where is he, meaning me. I extended my hand and said hi Dave, Dave led me away from the others and we spoke privately for a few minutes.
I handed Dave approximately 1664 signatures from my on-line petition and I said; “I know how you feel Dave but I just want you to see all the nice comments people are saying about you”. Dave said, ‘I appreciate what you are trying to do but it is not right for me, we are at an impasse, they say they have changed but they are the same. I can honestly say that it is not going to happen, it is not right for me as I must stay with what I believe.’
I wish I had more time with my hockey hero but I was lucky to see him for as long as I did.
When Dave walk away and I started down the stairs I then looked up and watched him walk away for possibly the last time, at least as far as meeting him again. I was feeling very disturbed by our short meeting and time together. It was just a moment in time compared to the 40 years of idolizing him. I really needed to talk more privately with him over a few beers in some small bar somewhere quite. I feel cheated and lucky but mostly cheated. (metaphorically speaking)
I was working so hard to promote getting his number retired and I was trying to convince both sides to get it done but now I realise that I really have no place in this matter. Dave’s expressions and how he feels left absolutely no room for movement, there was nothing I felt I could do or say that would make a difference. I felt like I had just run into a brick wall head first!
I am very sad and disappointed at the situation knowing that I was wasting my time while at the same time getting everyone’s hopes up for nothing. Many nights I dreamt or visualised Dave standing at centre ice receiving such a huge ovation as his number was raised to the rafters. All the parties, articles and pictures that would have been spread across the nation will never happen.
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