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11-10-2009, 07:53 PM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
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you are the right person to ask, but I always thought Knuble was Canadian. Everything has him listed as Canadian, but I also heard he was American too, I know he played College hockey here.
Gormley wrote this piece last year regarding Knuble's family:
When Mara Knuble climbed onto a boat and fled war-torn Latvia with her mother and grandmother at the age of 4 -- never to see her father again -- she did it as an act of survival, not inspiration.
When she spent five years in a displaced persons camp in Lubeck, Germany, rationing food and waiting for the day she could call America her home, Mara Knuble was seeking opportunity, not appreciation.
When her husband died suddenly at the age of 45, leaving her to raise two teenage boys, Mara Knuble relied on her maternal instincts – and hockey – to provide what was needed.
All along her two sons, Flyers right wing Mike Knuble and his younger brother, Steve, were watching and listening and learning.
Eventually, both families migrated to Detroit before settling in a Latvian community in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Mara and Aivars re-acquainted and eventually married.
Although Mike and Steve Knuble were born in Toronto, where their father worked as a marketing director for Steelcase Office Furniture, both were raised in Grand Rapids, where they learned more about their Latvian heritage.
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