MO))) Editor Jul 7, 2011
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Miramichi News: NHL Hall of Famer at Irish Fest

NHL All-Star Danny Lewicki, Author of “From the Coal Docks to the NHL” and the only player to win the Memorial Cup, the Allen Cup, and the Stanley Cup, will be in Miramichi during this year’s Irish Festival celebrations with two book signings events, Saturday July 16th from 1 Pm to 3 PM at The Artist Kave, 1732 Historic Water St, Miramichi and Sunday July 17th from 1 PM to 3 PM as part of the Irish Festival celebrations at Middle Island. Copies of his book, which tells the story of his rise through the ranks of the minor hockey system of Thunder Bay, Ontario into the NHL, will be for sale at both events.

Lorne Smith, sports enthusiast, born in Chatham, NB comes to the Irish festival to partake in all the celebrations. Lorne is well known to all older local sports enthusiasts. Most people know that when Lorne comes to town it is always with something unexpected flare and this year it is no exception. Working with local business owners, Jerry & Ed Duplessie and Bunny Dempsey of the Artist Kave, Lorne is bringing Danny Lewicki to the area for the first time. The Artist Kave is an art gallery featuring local artists works that has recently opened in the Historic Chatham Business District. The goal of the gallery is to not only feature the works of the artists but also to bring together the artists and local residents, as well as visitors, to create an artistic experience for all those involved. The Artist Kave is quickly becoming a center piece of local artistic culture and with this event, the second book signing event to be held there since its recent opening, The Artist Kave is expanding the visitor experience in Miramichi.

In addition to this event, Mr. Lewiki will also be part of the Irish Celebrations at Middle Island in Sunday July 17th. In addition to the book signing, Middle Island Irish Historic Park will also feature its regular Sunday morning breakfast, a barbeque, “Live” entertainment, and presentations by Miramichi Branch of New Brunswick Genealogical Society and the History of Sports on the Miramichi displayed in Photographs from 1890 to present. The full day event will also feature the Island Super Draw at 4 PM. Marven McCarthy, President of the Middle Island Irish Histroic Park Commission sees the book signing event as an example of the local business community partnering with a community volunteer organization. Paul McGraw, Executive Director of Miramichi Landings states “One of the purposes of the Miramichi Landings development in the City of Miramichi is to develop partnerships between not only the various sites of Miramichi Landings but also between our sites and the business community. Together, both Miramichi Landings, through its partner sites such as Middle Island, and the Miramichi business community represented here by The Artist Kave, can create a vibrant tourism experience for the city.”

Who is Danny Lewicki?

Dany Lewiki, originally from Thunder Bay On., was runner up to Terry Sawchuck for the Calder Trophy in his rookie year in the NHL. In his NHL career he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers, where he made the NHL All-Star team, and the Chicago Black Hawks. He is the only player to have won the Memorial Cup, the Allen Cup and the Stanley Cup, and all this was accomplished before the age of 21! The title of his book, “From the Coal Docks to the NHL” comes from the poor immigrant neighbourhood, now part of the city of Thunder Bay Ontario, where he lived and grew up. Abandoned by their father when Danny was young, their large family struggled. The book is interesting and informative of the way things were for the players of Canada’s National sport in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It is ideal for people who lived through this age of Canadian history and for all students of the game of hockey.

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