Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Todd Bertuzzi: A class act?

It may be a while before anyone will be making that statement, but this note from the weekend on Todd Bertuzzi shows he's not all ogre:
Bertuzzi did not comment on the all the boos he heard Saturday night. But there were at least two Alberta fans who were cheering for the Canuck winger. Marvin and Roberta Lipka of Lethbridge were staying at the same Edmonton hotel as the Canucks. Marvin Lipka, who suffered a serious stroke two years ago that has left it difficult for him to speak, approached Bertuzzi for an autograph in the hotel lobby.

"He was extremely cordial, he shook both of our hands twice, and we thought 'wow, we'll get this framed,'" Roberta said. A short time later two tickets to the Saturday night's game arrived at their hotel room courtesy of Bertuzzi. "My husband was in tears," she said. "It was such a nice gesture."
I know some will say this is all part of an image rehabilitation by the big winger, but I'm not nearly that jaded to say so.



At 9:27 a.m., October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many hockey players often participate in little acts of random kindness such as Bertuzzi's that mostly go unheard of. It makes for far better news, after all, to report stories about athletes being arrogrant, greedy jerks.

Your Bertuzzi tidbit actually reminds me of a story I recently heard about Ron Francis. A few years ago, he was approached at a restaurant by a person who was at the same place with a group of disadvantaged kids. Francis went over, signed autographs and hung out with them for a while before leaving - certainly a nice thing to do. A little while later when the table of kids were preparing to leave, the chaperone asked for the bill only to find out that it had been entirely paid for by Francis.


At 1:14 p.m., October 11, 2005, Blogger alan said...

Hockey players seem to be perhaps the most magnanimous pros as a group when it comes to devoting their off-ice time to worthy causes. I heard Kevin Weekes speak about how the Rangers' Hockey in Harlem program was one of the reasons he decided to sign here. But if players such as Bertuzzi would show half as much respect for their fellow players on the ice as they do for disadvantaged kids, the sport would be far better off.

At 6:29 p.m., October 13, 2005, Anonymous yrmom said...

I'm sure Todd would love to give his opponents a pair of tickets to the game.

At 8:17 p.m., October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

?How many thousands of dollars has John Daly donated or just pulled from his wallet to help? How many hours of work has Tiger given to the inner city golf programs? What
about all the differnt charities, kids camps and fund raisers that pros of all types give to? I am not saying Bertuzzi dosn't have a kind side, but he has shown he cannot play hockey with a sense of responsability and that in itslf should be enough to ban him from the game. This si susspension #3 folks and he was suspended in the junior ranks as well. Should he snap again what will his defenders or the head ofice then say or do


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