Jack McQueen of Conakry about why he never let go of No. 71

Vancouver – As teenagers develop into age, when you become an unsold free agent without facing a junior, they don’t ask you what number you want in the National Hockey League.

In general, accept late-century figures issued to you at training camp, be grateful for having an NHL logo on the other side of the jersey, and don’t ask for the original hockey number until you make a fortune.

The Vancouver Conks ranked Jack McQueen at No.1. Now, he’s never leaving without a fight.

“This is the number I will keep,” said Prince Edward, a winger from the island. “My dad was born on August 17, 1971, so this number really resonates with me now and that’s why I keep the number. Everything happens for a reason.”

McQueen’s father, Craig, died of a massive stroke in Halifax on May 5. He had long leaned for life-support to travel from Vancouver to say goodbye to Jack.

Craig McQueen was 48 years old. Jack 23.

The news this week includes plenty of hockey staff: overblown debates about hub cities for NHL playoffs during the summer of the Seaweed, a draft lottery, draft rankings, escrow over haggling and collective bargaining deals.

None of this matters more than the loss of your father, which is incredibly sad, the three Conakry players have endured this season.

Jeff Merek and Elliott Friedman Hockey talk to a lot of people around the world and then they tell the audience everything they have heard and what they say about it.

When McEunnes came together as a family in Stratford last Sunday to help each other through Father’s Day, Vancouver defender Troy Stacher was learning that his father, Peter, had died suddenly here. Goal Jacob Markstrom was diagnosed with cancer in Sweden last November by his father Anders.

Troy Stacher is 26 years old, Markstrom 30 They are not kids, but these players are great young men to mourn the loss of their father.

“I don’t know how well you know Troy Stetcher, but he’s just a good man, a child of character,” said Jim Benning, general manager of Canucks. “She got it from her father. It’s been a really tough year. Their ancestors are a big part of these guys supporting them to become NHL players.

“I know Jack’s father will go to Utica (American League) with his mother and they will meet Jack and get to know his teammates. When we heard what happened … even all the players in Ooty were upset to be near his father. “

Craig spent 20 years in the Veterans Affairs Department and helped Canadian veterans develop a call system to access the information they needed over the phone.

“He’s always been my biggest supporter,” Jack said. “If he hears something negative about me and he gets very upset, he wants to try to talk to people on Twitter and I want to calm him down. It was just like him. He was very interested in hockey and he loved coming to see me play. If we had a homestand for a week, I would say, ‘I’ll fly you, stay.’ And he threw everything away so he could do it and spend time with me.

“It simply came to our notice then. It was a clot that started in his heart and worked up to his brain. He went for initial surgery for clotting from his brain. By the time he got out of it, there were complications and there was a bleeding in his brain and after that they had nothing to do. They said it was like a one-of-a-kind thing. ”

Jack and his brother Curtis, their mother Juliana, relatives and friends were able to celebrate a short life outside of Craig’s favorite golf course, PEI’s Lakeside Beach, next to Crobash Cove. The family was reunited on the day of the grandparents, the boys always playing with the father as the father is playing nine holes.

“We spread his ashes on his favorite beaches and golf courses; They are next to each other, ”Jack said. “We spent the whole evening there, just scattering ashes to tell the story and I think it was the perfect sand off for my dad. That night was what everyone needed.

“(Mother) was able to find out a lot, but she is an incredibly strong woman. She is so smart and truly one of the salt women of the world who can do anything for anyone. She has a good support system around her with my family and her friends and even my friends. I’m leaving and going back to play in Vancouver, which gives me his comfort. I know he’s going to be fine but it will definitely take some time. “

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At least Craig McQueen sees his son evolving as an NHL player.

After a juvenile 2 asons season, exiting Bantam hockey from the Quebec League of Giants, Manton and Gatineau, Jack was promoted from Utica on January 30 and was declared a “fulltime NHL player” Benning, a month later. When Canucks looked to add strength before the February trade deadline, McCain realized he could meet that need.

In a team full of young greyhounds, McQueen is Pete Bull who hits and checks and fights for his teammates when needed. And in the nine games he played before the NHL coronavirus shut down on March 12, the six-foot-three forward also scored four goals.

“I think a lot of my playing field has improved so much over my time at Utica,” McWeine said. “Being able to play a physical game is great. But if you can contribute aggressively and stay defensively safe… that is, I hope you can go much further in my hockey career than just a physical grinder.

“When you asked me when I was 15, I probably didn’t have too much confidence that I would play in the NHL. But when I was younger I always told my parents what I wanted to do. They left as they believed. “

McQueen is excited about the possibility of playing Canucks again this summer. He said he will never forget the support he received this spring.

“It was amazing to reach out to everyone from the team to the staff, the Canucks organization,” he said. “They don’t realize here how good it was, to know what you need, to have people to help you. I want to thank all those who have reached out to you with love and support. It was really amazing. “

Every time he pulls the number 1, he will be reminded of his father.

“He was like the life of the party, people were going to encourage them,” McQueen said. “There is no way to worry about him. It’s weird to play games without him, but I think someone is watching me right now, maybe give me some help off the road. “

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