Infinite Menus, Copyright 2006, OpenCube Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Keith Gave's Northern Sports Desk

 

April 21, 2017

 

Hall of Fame, which needs to recognize one more

 

By KEITH GAVE

Sports Director

 

Anyone who has battled cancer is all-too-familiar with the routine: There are good days and bad days. And every once in a while, there might be a great day – like the one Dave Strader enjoyed this week.

 

Strader, the longtime NHL broadcaster who worked with Mickey Redmond in Detroit for 11 seasons starting in 1985, was named the recipient of the 2017 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, which earns him a well-deserved place in the Hockey Hall of Fame

 

“Wow, I’m just blown away,” Strader said from his home in Glens Falls, New York, moments after he learned of the award. “This is going to take a while to sink in.”

 

Strader joins the Hall of Fame as a “media honoree” along with Redmond, who was inducted in 2011.

 

Redmond, who was checking his cell phone for breaking news every five minutes Monday until the news finally broke, was beaming when the word finally came out of Toronto.

 

“Thataboy!” Redmond said in a tone normally reserved for a Red Wings’ player skating to the penalty box after winning a fight. “It couldn’t happen to a better, more-deserving guy, I’ll tell ya.”

 

Strader is fighting bile-duct cancer, a disease for which there is no cure. After leaving Detroit in 1996, Strader moved to national prominence when he was hired as one of the primary hockey voices at ESPN. He then went on to work at ABC and through the 2014-2015 for NBC as a play-by-play man at the 2006 Torino and 2014 Sochi Olympic games, as well as for the Florida Panthers, Arizona Coyotes and most recently the Dallas Stars.

 

This was his second year in Dallas, but he missed most of the season while undergoing treatment for the disease, which typically claims its victims within a year. After calling a couple of Stars games a month or so ago, he had a setback and wound up hospitalized for more than two weeks.

 

The Hall of Fame Induction ceremony is November 13, in Toronto. The next goal, Redmond said, is to see him there when the hockey world celebrates his career. With some luck and a lot of prayer, we will.

 

--

 

After a ‘Hall’ of a career,

Doc Finley needs prayers

Another legendary member of the Red Wings family is in need of our thoughts and prayers as well. Dr. John Finley, who cared for the Wings and stitched them up for 47 years, from the mid-1950s with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay until 2003 with Steve Yzerman and Nick Lidstrom, is in grave condition after suffering a stroke early Easter Sunday morning.

 

And speaking of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the institution has yet to induct any medical professional into its “builders” wing, typically reserved for team owners and governors and others who have served in long careers helping to make the league better and strong.

 

It’s time the league recognized some of the medics, often called upon to sew players up or examine an injury quickly in an effort to get them back into the fray. Or, just as important these days, lead the way on the new concussion protocol to ensure the players’ well-being by preventing them from returning if they show even the remotest signs of a slight head injury.

 

For my money – and feel free to join in as I make this case to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee – Doc Finley earned his place over nearly five decades with his treatment of key players at crucial times. In his 2012 book “Hockeytown Doc,” for instance, he shattered the myth about Wings star Sergei Fedorov not wanting to play when he was less than 100 percent.

 

Dr. Finley described an extraordinary moment in the 1997 Stanley Cup playoffs that highlighted Fedorov’s valor.

 

Sergei Fedorov lay on his side on the trainer’s table struggling for every breath and fighting off the immense pain that came with it. Moments earlier, one of the game’s brightest stars, a former league MVP, sustained a severe costochrondral rib injury after being checked by an Avalanche player early in the second period of a critically important playoff game at Joe Louis Arena. What happened as he lay there was something I’d never experienced either before or since in a career of nearly 50 years caring for NHL players – and what followed was something straight out of a Hollywood movie.

 

Dr. Finley then described how, as he and other medical personnel were tending to Fedorov, Yzerman left the Detroit bench and stood in the doorway of the trainer’s room imploring Fedorov to get back on the ice. This was unprecedented, in Dr. Finley’s experience; never had he seen a player leave the bench in the middle of the game to appeal to a teammate to get back on the ice, as Yzerman was doing. “C’mon, Sergei. We need you!”

 

But Fedorov could hardly speak. “I can’t breathe,” he said in barely a whisper, wincing as he spoke. Returning to play in this best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series against the archrival Avalanche seemed remote, at best. Without Fedorov, the team’s best player, the odds of Detroit winning the series and advancing to the Cup finals dropped sharply.

 

After evaluating Fedorov and determining how severe the injury was, Dr. Finley turned to Dr. David Collon, the team’s orthopedist, and concluded that Fedorov needed “a rib block.” Fedorov had suffered a serious rib injury, a tearing of the tissue where the rib had joined the cartilage.

 

“I’ve never done one,” Dr. Collon said of the fairly common but extremely delicate procedure that called for injecting a small amount of local anesthetic to help diminish the pain. One false move, though, and the procedure could compound the injury. If the injecting needle is passed too deeply, it could easily cause the lung to collapse, Dr. Finley explained in his book.

 

Though he had performed many of these procedures over the course of his career, never had he tried it on a patient who was awake. All the others were immobilized under anesthesia. While Yzerman had returned to the Detroit bench, Fedorov lay there in intolerable pain while Dr. Finley described what he was about to do.

 

“Just hold your breath,” I told him, explaining that there could be no unusual movement. I prepared the combination short- and long-acting local anesthesia, surgically prepped the involved area and made a skin weal with some quick-acting local. With Dr. Collon and Wings physical therapist John Wharton holding onto Sergei to steady him, I passed the needle through the weal until it struck the involved rib, slid the needle just inferior to the bony edge of the rib, injecting the previously prepared local (anesthesia) safely into the area of involvement.”

 

Within a few minutes, Fedorov was off the table, breathing normally and, miraculously it seemed, ready to play. Or not. Despite the doctors’ reassurances that he could play without worsening the injury so long as it was well dressed and protected, Fedorov decided he was done for the day.

 

During the intermission, word had spread quickly among his teammates in the locker room that Sergei was finished. He had taken himself out of the game. He was peeling off his uniform and equipment when one of the quietest guys in the dressing room stood up and strode to the trainer’s room.

 

“We have no idea what he said because he was speaking Russian, but none of us had ever heard that tone of voice from Vladdie,” teammate Brendan Shanahan recalled. “He was loud, and when he was done he came back into the room, sat in his stall and never said another word.”

 

Vladimir Konstantinov had spoken. Doctors dressed Fedorov’s injury with a splint and once again cleared him to play. All this occurred within about 15 minutes after Fedorov was helped into the trainer’s room. When the Wings returned to the ice after the intermission, Fedorov was with them. Big time. Slava Kozlov scored both goals in a series-turning 2-1 win over the archrival Colorado Avalanche. Each goal came with assists from his Russian Five teammate, Sergei Fedorov.

 

The Wings took a 2-1 series lead and dispatched the Avs with a close win in Game 6. Fedorov,

still requiring that delicate shot before each game to anesthetize the injury, scored the series-winning goal late in the third period.

 

Sergei Fedorov, an honored member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was the star in that series. But Dr. John Finley deserves a huge assist – and recognition by the Hall as well.

-30-

    --- ARCHIVES ---

-   April 17, 2017:  No Yzerman or Gallant to Rescue Wings...

 

-   April 13, 2017:  As The Joe is Set to Become a Pile of Dust ... 

 

-   April 10, 2017:  A Voice That Refuses to be Stifled Can Use Our Help in Epic Battle ...  

 

-   April 3, 2017: All the Experts are Wrong; Tigers will be good this year ...

 

-  March 31, 2017: Red Wings 25 Year Playoff Streak Somthing To Behold....

 

-  March 28, 2017:  While Pistons waive the white towel, Red Wings Show Self Pride...

 

-  March 23, 2017:  Red Wings Expected to Fire Blashill .... 

 

-  March 21, 2017: (Article Untitled)

 

-  March 17, 2017: Our Cups Runneth over with Memories of The Joe...

 

-  March 13, 2017:  Enjoy Wolverines Fairy-Tale ...

 

-  March 6, 2017:  As Big Ten Tournament Begins...

 

-  March 4, 2017:  Tigers to Scatter as Spring Training is Interupted...

 

-  March 2, 2017:  Wings rebuild under way after stockpiling 5 Draft picks ....

 

-  February 24, 2017:  Pistons Follow Tigers' Lead and Stand a Pat at Trade Deadline; Red Wings Next...

 

-  February 22, 2017:   Inspired by Late Owner, can Wingsand Tigers Deliver a Memorable Ending...

 

-  February 17, 2017:  .... Highlight Uncertainty of NHL Draft.

 

-  February 13, 2017:  "Pizza Guy" Mike illitch, Always Kept Fan Happy ...

 

-  February 11, 2017:  Tigers Pitchers Set to Head to Lakeland for Spring Training ... 

 

-  February 7, 2017:  Good Teams Make Own Breaks, but Patriots got Two Stunners...

 

-  Februaary 3, 2017:  Super Bowl Pools ...

 

-  February 1, 2017:  Mr Holland's Opus with Three Goalies...

 

-  January 26, 2017:  Red Wings are not alone amongst once great teams at the bottom ... 

 

-  January 24, 2017:  Life is a bowl of bubbles for local sports fans ...

 

-  January 23, 2017:  Wings GM Holland still has a few options...

 

-  January 17, 2017:  Tigers Slumber through the offseason; Is long expected change still coming?... 

 

-  January 13, 2017:  For Red Wings Fans its time to learn how the NHL Draft Lottery works ... 

 

-  January 6, 2017:  Lions Kicking Out Some Deafening Jams Preparing to Invade Seattle ... 

 

-   January 3, 2017:  Its January and there is still football in the "D" ...

 

-   December 31, 2016:  Lions must prove themselves against the Packers ...

 

-   December 29, 2016: All is right as Wings Honor 1997 Red Wings

 

-  December 23, 2016:  Lions vs. Cowboys, a precursor to things to come?

 

-  December 20, 2016: Lions still control their fate ....

 

-  December 19, 2016: Weather Injuries Threaten Lions' threaten run of wins....

 

-  December 14, 2016:  Nothing is certain yet, but Lions are 1 and 0 in most important .... 

 

-  December 9, 2016: WARNING! Anything goes in Lions Bears Rvalry

 

-  December 5, 2016:  Detroit Lios Didnt Quite Punch Their Playoff Ticket 

 

-  December 3, 2016:  Lions Might be in Drivers Seat but ... 

 

-  December 2, 2016:  Hockey's New FIxation with Numbers in Inexplicable Casualties ... 

 

-  November 28, 2016: Michgan-Ohio State: Preemininent Rivalry ... 

 

-  November 22, 2016: Downtown Detroit wins big as Pistons Announce Homecoming...

 

-  November 18, 2016:  A Model Argument:  Verlander got Robbed...

 

-  November 14, 2016:  Lions and Red Wings Toy with Expectations ... 

 

-  November 11,  2016:  Howard's Brilliance, Mrazek flops ...

 

-  November 7, 2016: Stafford, Prater ,keeping us tuned into the Lions ....

 

-  November 4, 2016:  Cubs Indians Game 7...

 

-  November 2, 2016: Red Wings Know What Needs Fixing ... 

 

-  October 28, 2016: Players Answered Houghton Lake for second shot at Roscommon in Playoffs...

 

-  October 21, 2016:  Close Cousins: Skins QB vs Stafford ... 

 

-  October 13, 2016: History Shows not give up on Red WIngs Playoff hopes ... 

 

-  October 11, 2016:  Happy Thanksgiving Canada! ... 

 

-  October 7, 2016:  For Detroit Sports Fans, Hope is a Muscle as their teams grapple with issues ... 

 

-  October 3, 2016:  Baseball, football seasons efectively over with in hours in Detroit ... 

 

-  September 29, 2016:  Former Spartan Hoyer Eyes Reunion with the Lions ...

 

-  September 27, 2016: Party at Comerica, Tigers not Invited....

 

-  September 23, 2016:  Red Wings Head to Camp With More Questions Than Answers...

 

-  September 19, 2016:  Same Old Lions? Not Quite....

 

-  September 12, 2016:  September's Shameful Surrender...

 

-  September 9, 2016: Who knows what to expect from this Lions' season .... 

 

-  September 7, 2016:  Lions and Tigers and Playoff OH MY ...

 

-  September 1, 2016:  Jonesin' for a special moment in a very long season ... 

 

-  August 29, 2016:  Good Sports: When the Dog Days of our Lives have a golden hue...

 

-  August 25, 2016: Tigers maddening, wonderful ride to continue through the week .... 

 

-  August 23, 2016:  Ugly Americans Steal Feelgood headlines from worthy Olympians...

 

-  August 17, 2016:  Dombrowski gone but not forgotten ... 

 

-  August 16, 2016:  Sports Fans, these are doggone good days ... 

 

-  August 10, 2016:  Ausmus overcomes pitching woes ... 

 

-  August 8, 2016: While TIgers are riding high, brass deals with pitching headache...

 

-  August 2, 2016: Tigers GM Al Avila stands pat at MLB deadline ... 

 

-  July 28, 2016:  Homegrown paddler living in Alaska compares Iditarod to Marathon...

 

-  July 25, 2016:  With no big plans for trade dealine The Tigers, Ready to throw in the towel...

 

-  July 21, 2016: Don't be fooled VIP for greuling spectator race hasn't changed ... 

 

-  July 18, 2016:  Orr: "our game has become dangerous"....

 

-  July 14,  2016:  Next two weeks will fix Tigers' fate...

 

-  July 12, 2016: A weeping nation needs its sports stars more than ever...

 

-  July 8 2016: Tigers' Ian Kinsler not an Allstar?

 

-  July 7, 2016: Wings' Mrazek seeking arbitration could make a difficult summer more challenging...

 

-  July 1, 2016: Red Wings Shore up the Middle by landing Nielson ... 

 

 -  June 30, 2016:  With Priority 1 Free Agent...

 

-  June 27, 2016:   After Dumping Datsyuk...

 

-  June 23, 2016:  Red Wings head North again ...

 

-  June 16, 2016:  Lions offer more than just hope... 

 

-  June 10, 2016:  A tribute to Gordie "Mr. Hockey" Howe.

 

-  June 9, 2016:  Tigers finally have their swagger back.... 

 

-  June 6, 2016:  Muhammad Ali Tribute 

 

-  June 2, 2016: ... Theres a lot to like about these Tigers.

 

-  May 31, 2016:  Red Wings troubled with Russian Radulov...

 

-  May 26, 2016:  ...The Joy of Baseball and Need for a Father's Approval

 

-  May 23, 2016:  Tigers show signs of escaping the abyss...

 

-  May 16, 2016 : "What Me Worry"? Ausmus still on the job...

 

-  May 9, 2016:  Tigers' Ausmus knows he has a target on his back ... 

 

-  May 5, 2016:  Get Over it , Illitches Can Call Arena Whatever They Want...

 

-  May 2, 2016:  Lion's GM, Quinn, drafts to rebuild franchise...

 

-   April 29, 2016:  Lions optimistic heading into the draft...

 

-  April 21,2016:  Datsyuks last day epitomize  end of a Red WIngs era....

 

-   April 18, 2016: Red Wings Coach Makes Alright Moves...

 

-  April 15, 2016:  Have Fun While You Can...

 

- April 11, 2016: Red Wings and Pistons make the playoffs...

 

-  April 8, 2016: Red Wings need to address inexperienced coaching staff

 

- April 6, 2016: Sports Writers So Called Experts ... By:  JC

 

- April 4, 2016: Frigid Opening to Baseball's opening...

 

- March 28, 2016:  Happy Birthday Mr. Hockey....

 

-  March 24, 2016:  A River Runs Through Us... 

 

-  March 21, 2016 Spartans shocked....

 

- March 17, 2016: In a hour of post season peril, WIngs' captain,Zetterberg, needs to step up ... 

 

- March 14,2016:  Surprise- Beilein's Wolverines Join Izzo in the Big Tournement....

 

- March 8, 2016:  No regrets here regarding my Heisman snub of Peyton Manning...

 

-March 7,2016: Mrazek falters again....

 

- March 3, 2016.  Amped up Wings prepare for old time rilvalry...

 

-March 1, 2016: Wings stand pat at deadline; Howard steals two points in Dallas...

 

-Feb.22, 2016: Amped up Red Wings ready for trip down memory lane...

 

-Feb.22, 2016: Big Decisions loom for Holland, Wings as trade deadline Approaches...

 

-Feb. 15,2016: Trade Jimmy Howard? Enough of these delusions

Mobile App
Event Calendar
Polls
Do you like the new Blues is My Business Show hosted by Larry McCray?
YES
NO
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)
Name:
Email:
Your email address is never published.
View Results
LinkedUpRadio Envisionwise Web Services