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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, March THE LITHMIOQE HERALD 9 They came to pay tribute to Ed Bracket Saturday night photos by Bill Groenen The biggest event in the life of Lethbridge9s Ed Bracket as friends came to pay tribute Bruchet night gathering exceeds 600 Saturday By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor Henry Viney probably said it best when he stepped to the podium Saturday night "No finer hour have I ever said Viney, toastmaster for the biggest event in the life of one Edmund "Ed" Bruchet of Lethbndge A banner, strung across the back of the El Rancho Convention Centre, read "Ed Bruchet Appreciation Night You couldn't read it, but it also said "thanks Ed Thanks from the more than 600 on hand Saturday night. Thanks from the many friends, former players and hockey associates of Bruchet's who couldn't be on hand for his finest hour Thanks for the more than 40 vears Bruchet devoted to hockey and minor sports in Lethbndge and Southern Alberta Saturday's head table consisted of a mere sprinkling of Ed s friends and players From Albuquerque, New Mexico was Doug Marvin, general manager of the Albuquerque Six Guns of the Central Hockey League, Bruchet's current employers, Seth Martin and his wife Bev, Bill Styner of Labatt's Brewery. Scotty Munro of the Calgary Centennials, Frank Boucher. Monsignor Athol Murray, deputy mayor Vaughan Hembroff, Viney, Bruchet. Vic and Mary Stasiuk. Mr and Mrs. Jack Lakie of Molson's Brewing, Pete Slobodian and Joe Fisher of the Medicine Hat Tigers Lethbndge became a better city because Ed Bruchet lived here Viney said it, but it was echoed throughout the night by all speakers and by all who attended Bruchet had been honored on a previous occasion, 19 .years ago. He was named sportsman of the year by the Lethbndge Kinsmen. But Saturday night was Ed's biggest, and rightly so Telegrams came from all over North America, from former players like Slim Lavell. Billy Dea. Aut Enckson. Ed Zemrau. from teams like the Vancouver Canucks and Blazers. Omaha, Ed Ferenz of the Philadelphia but the biggest one of all brought the gathering to its feet It read "Our State is a better place to live because of your Ed Bruchet" and it was signed by the Governor of the State of New Mexico. Our Ed. at 63 years of age, is still giving All of that stopped, just for a few hours. Saturday night Marvin was first to speak and kept it short. He simply voiced what the telegram from New Mexico had said. Bruchet has contributed a great deal in just a short time. Lrtnbridge's loss is New Mexico's gain Martin, after Brochel's teachings, became one of the finest amateur netminders in the world His name was a household word in Moscow. But Saturday he gave thanks to Bruchet, the coach, the teacher, the friend. As Martin put it "Ed we love yon, God bless you H wasn't just Selh Martin talking, it was all UK people who ever came in contact with Bruchet speaking Stasiuk made it dear be wouldn't hare missed Saturday night for (be world. Bruchet was like a father to Stasiuk and after Vic's father passed away, he became just that. Stasiuk will tell you Bruchet never had a harsh word for anyone "All he did was give. But now he's said Stasiuk The big friendly guy spent 13 years in hockey's big league. He did it with some inbred talent and an over- abundance of desire. All of which he learned from Bruchet. "The City of Lethbridge has made some mistakes One of them was waiting to honor Ed Bruchet." Deputy mayor Hembroff was brief and to the point. The Ed Bruchet Night was a long time in coming Munro coached the Native Sons for Bruchet in 1948. The Scotchman has been at the helm of many good clubs since that time but he rates that team as one of the greatest. Munro says he learned a lot from Bruchet and one of the biggest lessons taught was how to con a bank manager Like all of Saturday's head table guests, Munro was there to see Bruchet in person and spend some time with him. Bruchet and Munro have been associated with hockey, as partners and as opposites, but their association has been a long and lasting one Munro made two interesting remarks Saturday. He said he had nothing to say, which in itself is a miracle of minor proportions, about the upcoming Memorial Cup. He also said he would do all in his power to see that Lethbridge got a franchise in the Western Canada Hockey League. Lakie and Bruchet go back 25 years, one third of a lifetime For the two of them Saturday it seemed like only Viney's tribute Emcee Henry Viney let his true feelings about Ed Bruchet come out Saturday night. Here's how he sees Bruchet and his devotion to sports Throughout the years you've played the game Losing a few while others were won; Never a quitter you've earned the You're a Lethbridge-Native Son. Whatever the name of the particular game Played with a puck or a ball. You've always heard when they said your name And still you answer the call. Looking ahead at the job to be done At boys who will grow to be men You know in advance it's got to be fun Or yon wouldn't do it again Just do it as you've done it In all the years gone by You have honor and you've won it... You're the greatest kind of gay yesterday they were at the old Arena. Their association, too, has been a long and great one. Lakie made a presentation to Bruchet on behalf of Molson's and the Sicks' Lethbridge Brewery Another presentation followed from the Royal Canadian Legion Included in the presentation to Bruchet was a special award to Boucher and Fred Henderson The two were teammates on the 1919-20 Vets team Boucher, the winner of seven Lady Byng trophies as the most gentlemanly player in the National Hockey League, first met Bruchet via the Alexander Graham Bell "It was probably the luckiest phone call I ever admits Boucher That call began an association with Bruchet's Sons and the New York Rangers But it went beyond that. The two gentlemen became lifelong friends, emphasized to a new high Saturday "1 have met many, many fine men in my says Boucher "And high on the list is Ed Bruchet Boucher went on to say that he thought Proud winner Jim Szucs won the Ed Bruchet trophy, donated by Labatt's Brewery, Saturday night ai the Ed Bruchet Appreciation Night affair. Szucs spends 12 months of every year working with young boys in baseball and hockey. Three former coaches Butch MacOonald, left, Pete Slobodian, second from right, and Scotty Munro, right, are seen here with Ed Bruchet. All three, as well as Bill Ramsden and Odto Lowe, coached the Lethbridge Native for Bruchet Bruchet should have been a priest the way he handled boys He compared Bruchet to Monsignor Murray, a great tribute Bruchet had to share the spotlight somewhat with Jim Szucs of Lethbndge. Labau's Brewery put up a trophy, in honor of Bruchet, that is to be given to the sportsman of the year each year on March 2 Szucs became the initial winner of the silverware because of his tireless work with the young boys of Lethbridge. A supervisor at Canada Packers, Szucs spends a majority of his spare time at the rink or at the baseball park On two occasions, Szucs and fellow coaches, have been in the running for the Canadian Little League title. Someday, he figures to make it Medicine Hat Tigers, who with Bruchet's Native Sons of the late 40's and early 50's entertained with an outstanding brand of hockey, also gave their thanks to Bruchet for the work he did in helping the Tigers reopen operations in the WCHL. The pace of the evening, while at times seeming long, never wavered Tom Kirkham, representing rugby, made the next presentation to Bruchet and was followed by Slobodian and the major honor of the evening. Slobodian, who also coached for Bruchet. on behalf of everyone present and for those who could not be on hand, presented Bruchet with a diamond ring, the size of which had aii who saw it entranced The anchorman of the evening, the oft-called clean- up hitter, was Monsignor Murray At 83 years of age he is still full of fire and brimstone and still bursting with pride over being a Canadian. He was especially pleased to see that Bruchet was indeed "Canadianizing the United States The Monsignor. founder of Notre Dame College in Wilcox realized the gathering had been sitting on their fannies for a long time, came right to the point. "Great individuals make Canada great." he said. "Your Ed Bruchet is one of them He went on to say that hockey, the game itself, has done a lot for Canada. Bruchet has done a lot tor hockey Bruchet had a great deal of time to think about what he would say and never stepped out of character Thai's not his style He'thanked everyone present for making the night possible He thanked his mother and father and he thanked God for blessing him with the talent to help his fellow man He has his nng gold cuff links from the city well as a certificate of merit he has two new wardrobes, one from the Six Guns and one from the Tigers, he has a gift from Sicks Brewery people and he has a memento from the soccer committee But what he has most is the knowledge that hts friends, former players and even his opposition regard him with the highest esteem Ed Brochet. it can be said, is appreciated Teammates meet Fred Henderson, sitting, and Frank Boucher, were teammates in Lethbridge in 1919-20. They got to- gether for some reminiscing Saturday night at the Ed Bruchet Appreciation Night. 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