While I was there in Toronto, I heard some tidbits of information
about some former players.
Red Kelly told me that former teammate Johnny Wilson has cancer and
is not responding well to chemo-therapy. Kelly told me that Wilson
doesn't think too well of the medical facility he's being treated at.
I was saddened to hear about Wilson. I interviewed Wilson last year
and his insights and memories were magnificent. A first rate
interview. I'm glad I spoke to him when I did.
Interestingly, Kelly expressed concern about Gordie Howe's health.
He told me that Howe didn't look good when he met him at game five
of the Stanley Cup finals in Detroit. I tried to get more from Kelly
about what was wrong with Howe but Kelly never elaborated.
I remember seeing a shot of Howe during the game and he looked very
grave and subdued.
Andy Bathgate told me during my interview with him that he saw Bobby
Hull recently and that Hull seemed to be in ill health too but he's
trying to fix himself up.