BELL, Joseph A. - 1923 ~ 2014 Age 90. Born & raised in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. Was final surviving member of Portage Terriers 1942 Memorial Cup Champion team. Signed at age 18 with NY Rangers NHL and played professional ice hockey for 15 years (661 games). His career was interrupted by Canadian Navy service during World War II, where Joe fought the Battle of the North Atlantic against Nazi Germany. After WW II, he resumed his hockey career with the Rangers. During his lengthy career he was selected to several all star teams, and was WIHL scoring champion in 1955, while wrapping up his career with the Seattle Ironmen who were soon renamed the Totems. Joe was inducted into Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He was also an avid low-single digit handicap golfer and bird hunter, he truly loved the outdoors. Once birdied 5 holes consecutively, and lipped-out the 6th, and spent countless hours hunting and on walks with his black labs, Sam and Andy. Loving husband, father & grandfather. Preceded in death by wife, Jo Anne; and daughter, Julie. Survived by son, Joseph Jr. (Sue); daughters, Betsy and Alison Burch (Mark); grandchildren, Jessie & Michael Bell, and Nicole & Alexander Burch; Siblings in Canada include Bev Braden & Bryan Bell-Portage La Prairie and James Bell-Pickering Ontario. Graveside Service will be held March 1, 2014 at 10 AM at Calvary Cemetery, 5041 35th Ave NE, Seattle.



The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame mourns the passing of one of our Board Members, Keith McCallum, on November 9, 2013, one week before his 76th birthday. Keith was a proud Brandon business owner and frequent supporter of community events.

Keith was an avid hockey fan and was once part owner of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Keith also managed the Brandon Olympics hockey team for several years, and the Brandon Pioneer Oldtimers for 17 seasons. Many special friendships and wonderful memories were created during those years. Keith was once a member of the Kinsmen clubs of Flin Flon and Brandon, and the Brandon Gun Club. He was also a board member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, and was recognized by them for his contributions to the Brandon Wheat Kings.




Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame member Don Baizley, has died at the age of 71. Baizley represented a number of prominent stars during his career as an NHL agent, including Teemu Selanne, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic, Paul Kariya and Saku Koivu.


A highly respected advisor in the hockey business, he was a mediator during the 2004-05 NHL lockout and was considered one of the most influential men in the sport.


A Winnipeg native, Don was a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame based on his 30 years of experience in the game that included two years as a player in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.




McRae, Caven (Bud) Chisolm

78, passed away August 15th, 2012 in Phoenix, Az. At home. Bud was born Sep.25th, 1933 in Elva, Manitoba, Canada to Caven and Margaret McRae. Bud had a distinguished minor league hockey career that took him to Europe and all over the United States. He is a member of the Manitoba Provincial Hockey Hall of Fame as well as the Manitoba Provincial Baseball Hall of Fame. Bud was an avid golfer and enjoyed following the PGA and NHL. Bud retired from working in 2000 and spent a lot of time traveling with his beloved Wife Willie (Willa Delle). 




JAMES DONALD (BONES) RALEIGH Peacefully, after a brief illness on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Kingston General Hospital, Don Raleigh, aged 86. He leaves behind his son Jack (Joan) and grandchildren James, William and Julia of Kingston; son-in-law Mark Wonneck and grandsons Luke and Aidan of Calgary. He is also survived by his brother Jack (Dianne) of Portland, Oregon, and three children Jeannine, Jeannette and Jim and their families; brother-in-law Jim (Sandra) Pitblado of Toronto and their four children Wendy, Diane, Jamie and John and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Fred and Lucille Raleigh, wife Janice Raleigh, daughter Sue Wonneck and nephew David Pitblado. Although born in Kenora, Ontario he spent the majority of his life in Winnipeg and at his beloved cottage in Sandy Hook, Manitoba. For health reasons he moved to Kingston in 2010, most recently to Arbour Heights Long Term Care, where he was treated royally. Don, or Bones' as he was known to his friends and the sporting fraternity was a well known sports personality. He participated in sports all his life, having played hockey, baseball, golf, badminton, tennis and curling. He excelled in hockey, with a 10 year career with the New York Rangers from 1947-1956 including being team captain for two seasons. He also had a short stint with the Rangers in 1943 as a 17 year old. He played in two NHL All-Star games and established several Ranger records including two consecutive overtime winning goals in the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals. Upon leaving hockey, Don entered the insurance field, eventually owning his own agency. Bones served on a number of Boards including the Manitoba Hockey Foundation, the Misericordia Hospital Foundation, the Lions Club of Winnipeg, the Lions Housing Foundation, the Winnipeg Winter Club and Rainbow Stage. He established bursaries at the University of Brandon, which he attended while playing junior hockey. He also established the Raleigh Family Mozart Scholarships at the Manitoba Arts Festivals to express his love of Mozart's music. He was a long time chairman of the Lindsay Street Garden Club and also the chairman of the #6 (Jim Whitecross) Air Cadet squadron Sponsoring Committee, on behalf of the Lions Club of Winnipeg. Don was a proud and honoured member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, and the University of Brandon Hockey Hall of Fame. He was a co-wearer of New York Ranger sweater #7 which has been retired at Madison Square Garden. He enjoyed many hobbies including stamp collecting, war history, gardening, astronomy, poetry and classical music. His charm and sense of humour endeared him to all who knew him. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Don's Life will take place in Winnipeg on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg at 2:00 p.m. Donations in Don's memory may be made to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Arts Festivals re: the Raleigh Family Mozart Scholarships or to the charity of your choice.




DAVID JOHN HRECHKOSY (The Wrecker) I was sent down here to entertain all you Americans, was the way David John The Wrecker Hrechkosy conducted his life with his family, friends, and confidants. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to John Hrechkosy and Vera Lucyk Hrechkosy on November 1, 1951, all saints day which he considered his day. He died March 7, 2012, from complications of glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer diagnosed August 3, 2011. He grew up with a stick in one hand and the ice at his feet in his backyard. Dave ate, drank, and dreamt hockey as a youngster and played the sax on the side. At a young age he left home to play junior hockey in Bellingham, Washington. He signed his first NHL contract with the New York Rangers in 1972 at the age of 21. He went on to play five years in the NHL playing for the St. Louis Blues, California Golden Seals, and in the minors with the New Haven Nighthawks, and Salt Lake Golden Eagles. One fateful night while playing with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, he met his soul mate and best friend Terri Tapp. They wed on June 9, 1979, in Winnipeg. They were lucky enough to spend the next 32 years together laughing, partying, and living every day as big as possible with each other. Upon Dave's retirement from his hockey career Dave and Terri settled in Salt Lake City and he began working for Coca-Cola. He made many lasting friendships through his employment there, which led him to his next endeavor at the University of Utah athletics department as the Concessions Manager. On April 1, 2004, he was recruited by Texas A M University to run their multi-million dollar athletic concession's department. Dave fell in love with Texas A M and the Spirit of Aggieland. He lived every day for the Aggies, and every event he worked he poured his heart and soul into. He had to retire due to his illness after seeing the Aggies join the S.E.C. Dave and Terri were blessed with two amazing children, Macey Ann and Garry David. They had many great times in the Catholic School system, running the Home and School Board at Our Lady of Lourdes. Some of their favorite memories were watching Macey play basketball at Judge Memorial, and watching Garry play football for Juan Diego. Their proudest moments were when they saw each one of their children receive their degrees from the University of Utah. Dave loved living life to its fullest whether it was celebrating the fourth of July with neighbors, family, and friends, golfing with the Buzzards, fishing with his cousins on Lake Winnipeg, watching the Kentucky Derby, or jet setting with his wife to San Diego, San Francisco, Vegas, New Orleans, and Mexico. Dave always said I will have no regrets, and there is no doubt that he had none. Dave is survived by his soul mate, Terri; their children Macey Ann and Garry David (Jill); his sister Valerie (Cliff); brother Donald (Joanne); his in-laws Garry and Lynn Tapp; sisters in law Lesia (Ron) and Stephanie (Vince); nieces and nephews; his faithful furry companions Elizabeth and Brusier; and granddogs Henry and Lucy. Dave is preceded in death by his parents, and dear friend Gary Barber. Please join us for a grand celebration of Dave's life on Monday March 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church on Tuesday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Catholic Community Services of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake and St. Joseph's Hospital and Cancer Center in College Station for their exceptional care during this difficult time. Online condolences may be made to the family at where a video tribute will be forthcoming.








WILLIAM (BILL) LLOYD BENSON 1920 - 2012 Sadly, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease, Bill passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Deer Lodge Centre. Bill was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Eliza, his cherished daughter Patricia, his sisters Edith (Daniel), and Cam (Glen), his brothers Joseph (Cecilia), and the mother of Pat and Bill, Betty Harvey. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Norma, his son Bill (Linda) and grandchildren Jenna (Mike), Danielle (Kevin), Scott, and Christopher, his son-in-law Brian Zytaruk, and granddaughter Vanessa. He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bill grew up in the Wolseley area of Winnipeg, where he discovered his passion for hockey. He played three years with the Winnipeg Monarchs in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. At the age of 20 he signed his first professional contract with the New York Americans, of the NHL. Bill left hockey to join the Canadian Navy and served as a Lieutenant aboard the frigates, HMCS Cloyoquot and HMCS Grou. After the war Bill played in the AHL with the Pittsburgh Hornets. Bill was honoured to have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986. Betty and Bill married in 1942 and raised their family in Winnipeg. Bill was a devoted and loving father and grandfather who instilled his values of good manners, and respect for others by the example he set. Bill had many happy times while babysitting his grandchildren and always involved himself wholeheartedly in their games and activities. Bill's business career began with Great West Life in 1950, in the Group Office. He was proud of the company and the outstanding people he worked with over the years. After Bill retired in 1985 he was made a honorary member of the American Dental Association for his dedicated service to the members of the ADA. Bill participated in many sports. He played squash at the Winnipeg Winter Club with a group of close friends for many years and also enjoyed golf and tennis. He also belonged to several bridge clubs. He was an avid sailor, competing in Lightning Class Regattas in Canada and the Caribbean. One of Bill's greatest honours was placing fourth in the Canadian National Sailing Team, in the Lightning Class Finals in 1971. Norma and Bill met in 1975 and after a long distance courtship between Winnipeg and Vancouver they married in 1982. They enjoyed travelling and walking and spent their winters in Vancouver. Bill's quiet, kind, and gentlemanly ways will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank the staff of the Special Care Unit, T3, at Deer Lodge for their exceptional care and support over the past two years. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Deer Lodge Foundation, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3. 774-7474 Condolences:



Peacefully, after a lengthy illness, on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Concordia Hospital, Jerry Kruk, beloved husband of Ruth. Jerry is survived by his wife Ruth of 48 years, daughter Maryann Driver and her children Alexa, Devon, Noah and Luke and daughter Carolyn Henrick and her children Claire and William. Also left to cherish his memory is his only brother Walter and wife Yvonne Mudlo and their daughter Donna Lagace and her family. Jerry was born on April 3, 1940 and grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. He was educated at the University of Manitoba obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960 and an MBA in Finance in 1976. He was employed by Greater Winnipeg Gas Company in 1962 until his retirement as Vice President of Operations in 1991. During that same year he became President of CAA Manitoba. He always said working there was like planning a holiday, everyday. He retired in 2004 after 13 years. At a young age Jerry's passion was playing hockey. His minor hockey began with the North Winnipeg Excelsiors. From there Jerry went on to play with the St. Boniface Canadians with whom he was property of the NHL Montreal Canadiens. During that time, he was picked up by the Winnipeg Braves and went on to win the Memorial Cup in 1959. Jerry was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a member of this award winning team. As a result of graduating from university and finishing junior hockey in the same year, Jerry proceeded to play with the St. Paul Saints of the IHL. After two years, he chose to concentrate on his engineering and business careers in which he excelled. Jerry continued playing oldtimer hockey until his illness no longer allowed him. Jerry was a natural athlete and his interest in sports continued in golf as a member and past chairman of Elmhurst Golf Country Club. Jerry combined his love of hockey and his business acumen as a board member and chairman of Winnipeg Enterprise Corporation, board member of the former Winnipeg Jets and Vice President of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. As a sports enthusiast, he was a long time season ticket holder and supporter of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Manitoba Moose and both the former and current Winnipeg Jets. In 1980, he was honored to be a part of the Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Study Conference where he acted as group chairman. Jerry's participation in this led to the creation of the Governor General's Canadian Study Conference in 1984. Jerry gave his time and effort generously to the community. His call to serve on various committees, councils and boards is a testament to the value and scope of influence as perceived by the world around him. Jerry has served for over 35 years on both the Misericordia Hospital and Misericordia Corporation and the Holy Family Home Boards. His interest in the health care field resulted in board memberships with the Catholic Health Association, Manitoba Blue Cross and numerous positions with Manitoba Health Organizations. Jerry's competitive nature and work ethic provided a lifetime of achievements that will leave a legacy in Winnipeg and beyond. His caring, giving nature will be missed but a treasure of memories will live on always. Jerry will be remembered as a leader and mentor, a dedicated professional, and a loving caring family man. Even in retirement his busy schedule allowed him to participate in numerous hours of Public Utilitiy Board hearings and enjoy spending time with his friends at their Mafia lunches.


DOUG (SMITTY) SMITH Doug passed away peacefully on January 22, 2012. He was predeceased by his parents Sheldon and Helen, and his brother Kenneth. He is survived by his partner Beverly Muzyk, her children Kerry-Ann (Rob) and Sheryl (Stuart), grandchildren, Nathan, Alice and Annika, sister-in-law Gwenn, niece Carrie, nephew Kenny and their children. He will also be greatly missed by his friends who were very important in his life. Doug was born in Winnipeg on May 22, 1948 and grew up in the Weston area. At an early age he displayed a love and aptitude for hockey. He was drafted to the Oakland Seals in 1968 which led him to a distinguished professional hockey career. Hockey took him to many parts of the world but he remained a Winnipegger at heart. He had a 32 year career with the City of Winnipeg where he became the Top Dog of the city's Animal Services. He came out of retirement to work for the province where he met Bev. Spending time with friends and family was important to the self-proclaimed simple man . Hannibal could often be found on the rink, the golf course, or in a favourite local hangout. You knew when Doug was in the room. He was known for his opinions, wit, generosity, stories, sweet tooth, and passion for things that mattered to him. He always enjoyed good food, and glass of good red wine. Smitty, you will be missed and always remembered...