Sunday, April 23, 2006

Senators mourn Pat Redden

Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden flew home to Lloydminster, Sask., on Sunday following his mother's death.

Pat Redden, 57, lost her battle with cancer on Saturday night, the Senators said Sunday as the team prepared to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
Condolences to Wade Redden and his family.

When I read this story from the Ottawa Sun on Thursday, you knew it was only, as they say, a matter of time for Mrs. Redden. Playing in hockey games doesn't really seem as important today.

Here's a nice portrait of Wade from 2000 that has a strong voice from his mother:
That [Redden's] first game against Montreal on Oct. 5, 1996 was, in his own words, a "surreal experience." ...

Watching the televised version after attending a live game of Bart's in North Battleford, Sask., Gord and Pat couldn't keep that same calm composure. The game was broadcast in French, but they didn't need to understand the language — they saw their son's goal, on his first shot, in his first game in the NHL.

"I just bawled. I was so nervous for him," said Pat. "Here he was, playing defence. He calls for the puck — in fact he calls for it twice — then he scored. I just couldn't believe it."
Sounds like a hockey mom.

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