I am charged with the task today of covering Sabres practice on the day after the death of Hall of Fame hockey writer Jim Kelley, a larger-than-life figure at The News for more than 30 years. An awesome responsibility.
Frankly, I'm still gathering some of my favorite Kelley memories over the last 26 years I've spent at One News Plaza. And I'm sure you'll be reading the thoughts of others on the staff as well. For now, here's a look at some terrific Kelley links as well as audio and video on his death.
His bio on Sportsnet.ca is uproarious, classic Kelley. Click the link and read it. Trust me.
Here's Kelley's final column on Sportsnet, which the network said was filed at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and was posted yesterday.
Here's a brilliant Kelley column posted Nov. 19 upon the death of Pat Burns, recalling some of their final conversations about the turns in their lives.
How about Kelley's 10-years-later retrospective on his night in the press box during No Goal? A gem from Western New York Hockey Magazine.
Click below for an audio retrospective that was compiled on WBEN Radio by longtime producer Steve Cichon. Hysterical clips. This is how Kelley was on the air, in the press box, in the office, wherever.
And here's a video look at coverage of Kelley's death on Sportsnet and locally on Channel 4.
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