A proud family moment
Hall of Fame bound, the late Ed Chynoweth has sons involved in the game
Rob Vanstone, Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, November 08, 2008
Dean Chynoweth could not have a better reason to pay his first visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
His father -- former Western Hockey League president and chairman of the board Ed Chynoweth -- will be posthumously enshrined on Monday.
Dean Chynoweth, the Swift Current Broncos' head coach and general manager, will fly to Toronto today to participate in an assortment of events leading up to the induction.
"You're excited about the weekend and probably not prepared for the emotions that may overcome you,'' Chynoweth said. "It's about Dad. It's not about us, but it is about the family being there and everybody being together. You kind of get flooded with the emotions again. That is the only sad part of the whole thing, with him not being able to be there.''
Ed Chynoweth died of cancer on April 22 at the age of 66. At the time, he was the president and governor of the WHL's Kootenay Ice. His son, Jeff, is now the Ice's president in addition to serving as general manager. Ed and Jeff Chynoweth founded the Edmonton Ice in 1995. The franchise moved to Cranbrook in 1998.
Jeff Chynoweth is to make the acceptance speech at the Hall on Monday, when his dad is inducted as a builder. This year's other inductees are Igor Larionov and Glenn Anderson (players) and former NHL linesman Ray Scapinello (builder).
"Jeff said, 'Do you want to speak?' '' said Dean Chynoweth, who played defence for the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins during a 10-year NHL career.
"I said, 'You can do that portion. You worked the closest with him. I had my time. For you to be up there and represent the family is important. I had the opportunity to play in the NHL and get some of the attention and things that go along with it. This is an opportunity for you to relay the message from the family and about the guy you worked with for 13 years and considered your best friend.' He'll do that portion.
"The joke, because I played, is, 'this will be the closest you ever get to getting there.' There have been a few wisecracks to lighten the mood. That's fine. I'm extremely proud of what Dad's done and to be recognized for it is tremendous.''
Dean Chynoweth is to return to the NHL ice tonight, when he, Scapinello, Anderson and Larionov will participate in the ceremonial faceoff before a Hockey Night In Canada game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.
On Sunday afternoon, Dean is to play in the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic, also at the Air Canada Centre. A team of NHL legends will oppose notable Canadiens alumni.
Later on Sunday, the Chynoweths -- including Ed's wife, Linda -- will visit the Hall for a private reception, hosted by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League.
Ed Chynoweth was the first president of the CHL.
While at the reception, Dean plans to seize the opportunity to walk around hockey's shrine.
"I have never been to the Hall of Fame,'' Dean said. "Every game that we went into Toronto to play when I was usually a healthy scratch, it was under renovation and it wasn't open. All the guys always told me, 'Don't go until they get the renovation done. It's not worth it. There's a little section open, but you might as well wait. You'll get another chance. You'll be back.'
"And then every time we came back after that, I was farther along in my career and playing, so I wasn't a healthy scratch. Well, if you come in late the night before, you're not going to disrupt your routine the day of the game and I wasn't going to go, so I have never been. I'm looking forward to doing a little wandering around on my own.''
A total of 36 family members are to be part of the Chynoweth contingent in Toronto, along with 15 close friends.
"We're going to have some fun and tell some stories and have some laughs, and I'm sure there will be a few tears along the way,'' Dean said. "It's a proud moment for the family and hopefully everybody came come together through that where it's not necessarily bittersweet, but enjoyable for what he has accomplished and his legacy.''
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