By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
It's September 5th.
School, more or less, starts today.
And while Summer isn't officially, over...it's over
One of the neat summer junkets was a trip to Canning Lake- I'm not really sure where it is exactly.
Regardless, I ended up at a cottage that was built and at one time occupied by........... Ray Timgren.
The current occupants were stunned when I informed them I'd never heard of Ray Timgren.
Turns out Ray Timgren was both an excellent hockey player, a 2 time Stanley Cup winner and later a noted educator- you can look it up.
Later, the current occupants of the Timgren cottage took me in their boat to Haliburton, home of Walt McKechnie.
I remember Walt McKechnie as a NHL player.
Plus, it seemed to me that McKechnie had some famous memorabilia from Phil Esposito that was attached to the top of the bar at McKechnie's restaurant, " McKeck's ".
Before I knew it, there I was at the bar in " McKeck's ".
However, " McKeck's " is no longer owned by Walt McKechnie, although I understand from the friendly manager, he's a regular on Fridays at the establishment.
And while there's a neat Haliburton Hockey Hall of Fame tribute on the wall of the joint, there's nothing that belonged to Phil Esposito as far as I could see.
Still, Ray Timgren and Walt McKechnie were unique side stories and side trips in a summer that is unofficially now over.
I'm Fred Wallace