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10-26-2013, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
St.Mike's is also a seminary with an incredible old boys or "old Brothers" network. Very valuable when building consensus.
Indeed. The Costello boys as mentioned above by Badger, Les, Murray & Jack (family of 5) contributed much to the St.Mikes program. Les the oldest played for the Leafs in the 40's before going on to become an ordained Priest and in 1962 a co-founder of the Flying Fathers. Sort of a Harlem Globetrotters type dealeo, Barnstormers, though many games fairly serious & competitive against elite amateurs, Junior, Intermediate, Senior & even some pro teams. Les's attitude towards hockey was it was "just a game, meant to be fun, full of laughter, first & foremost to build character" and as the oldest and who went on to St.Mikes & the NHL imparted same to his younger brothers & to the St.Mikes program (though those precepts preceded his attendance as a student & player) in general. The Flying Fathers comprised of some excellent hockey players literally from coast-coast & who organized administratively, often Managing & Coaching teams from Tyke through Juvenile & into the Jr. ranks like Father David Bauer with that sort of philosophy filtering down to many generations of players be they from BC, Saskatchewan, Quebec or the Maritimes.

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