• Curtis Lazar will play his first professional hockey game Thursday night for the Ottawa Senators against the Edmonton Oilers. Curtis spent four years in Edmonton playing junior for the Oil Kings and is a great young man. He told Sun Media Wednesday he was planning to visit his billet family during his stay. Edmonton Sun hockey writer Brian Swane summed things up best: “Curtis might be thee nicest kid EVER,” says Brian.
Curtis hasn’t scored his first NHL goal. Wouldn’t it be … ?
• There’s a special recognition event Thursday at the DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton to honor Silvio Dobri who is retiring as a board member of the GoodHearts Transplant Foundation. The group helps transplant patients in need of financial help. Silvio has done wonderful work for the group since becoming a transplant survivor several years ago.
• The big roast for 630 CHED’s Bryan Hall was last night at River Cree. So if he sounds a little fuzzy on the big 630 Morning News Thursday he has good reason. We’re not saying Bryan’s old, but we hear he was a waiter at the Last Supper.
• Wayne Lee and friends are hosting their annual Empowering Edmonton event Monday with all funds going to the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta. It’s a day of great stories shared by incredible people. Visit.empoweringalberta.com for more details.
• We’re sending best wishes to Oiler president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe and Don Metz of Aquila Productions. Both men recently had brief hospital stays. Both men, however, are fighters and will be back on their roads real soon.
• Mrs. Tait and I reflected earlier this week on celebrating 19 years of marriage. There are many things which have contributed to our happiness, including, of course, having two remote controls of the television.
• There’s a great — absolutely terrific — picture Mark Scholz shared on his Facebook page. Mark’s father Fred is visiting from Newfoundland and Mark snapped a shot of Fred having his nose squeezed by young Henry Scholz, Mark’s nine-month-old son.
• Canadians responded like never before on Remembrance Day in Ottawa in record numbers. We showed out appreciation and gratitude. And, I think, we’ll continue to do so in future years.