Back when I played minor hockey in Smithers, BC, I had a bunch of very good coaches. One of my favourites was a really young guy named Cody Campbell, who'd recently returned from the CapJHL*. I was a defenseman (Ray Whitney mobility with Mark Fistric offensive skills on a fat Sam Gagner frame), and Cody ran that unit. When he wasn't trying to coax a breakout pass out of us, he would sing along with whatever Small-Town-Barn Anthem the PA was playing (don't say he learned nothing in junior), or tell rude jokes, or help us find the attractive women in the stands. He was, even by the friendly standards of Peewee B-Team hockey, a classic "player's coach".
Anyway, since that year I hadn't heard much from him (though he did end up marrying our neighbours' daughter--it's a small town). Unfortunately, his young family recently got some horrible news: Cody was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The gist is: treatment is in Vancouver; home is Smithers; and there's a bit of distance between them. His sister-in-law (and former babysitter of mine!) has set up a charity auction to help Cody and Kelsey defray their costs.
I mention it here because there are at least three signed Edmonton Oilers jerseys available (one each of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle), as well as Oilers, Flames, and Canucks tickets. And it’s a great cause. So check it out, why don’t you?
*I can't remember the timeline on this. He may actually have been my coach before that stint with the Edmonton Royals, which would have made him like 19. I'll try to figure this out.