Close call motivator for Chevrier

BILLY POWERS

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Calgary Stampeders defensive tackle Randy Chevrier had just showered after practice when our paths crossed in the equipment room at McMahon Stadium one day this week. The next few minutes opened my eyes in a big way in the path a life can take and when one looks bad but turns out just the opposite.

Chevrier has been a standout long snapper for the Stamps since he joined the club after a stint in Edmonton, where he went from the NFL in 2002. But there was a time not that long ago when his football career appeared over.

He explained, "to make some extra money while going to school at McGill, I was working as a bouncer in a Montreal nightclub. One night, a fight broke out and it was me and another bouncer against nine guys. Naturally, we lost, but in the fight, I got stabbed in the side and the blood was flowing freely. At the hospital, I was told the knife had come close to the liver and had that happened, I wouldn't be here today. One doctor suggested my football days were done and, while I wasn't that happy with that, I felt blessed to still be alive because that same night in another bar fight in the same city, a bouncer was shot and killed."

He went on to say he was laid up for five weeks and not thinking football at all. But when it came time for training camp, he felt well enough to give it a try "and it turned into the best season of my career."

Looking back, he says it was a life-changing incident for sure, but one that appeared to be the worst but turned out to be for the better.

LITTLE HOPE FOR BACTERIA VS SPORT O ZONE

Interesting, too, is a new machine used daily by Stampeders equipment manager George Hopkins. It's called Sport O Zone and it's used to kill bacteria that can build up in any piece of equipment.

After every workout and game, every set of shoulder pads, helmets, braces and even 10 dozen water bottles are put into the machine, which will destroy, says Hoppy, "99.9% of the bacteria."

WYLIE WAS MASTER AT RUNNING IT ALL THE WAY

Longtime Stampeders statistician Daryl Slade came up with a most-impressive number just the other day. In a CFL that has not seen a lot of kickoffs returned for touchdowns over the years, Slade points out former Stamp Harvey Wylie made it a habit in the old days.

In fact, from 1958 to 1962, he went all the way at least once a year.

GOODBYE TO FINE SPORTS AMBASSADOR

A sad note to wrap up in passing on word that one of the true Calgary sport fans lost a battle to cancer Thursday.

Eddie Wong was well known in our city as a supporter of local sport, an avid golfer and on the committee that organized the Calgary Flames alumni golf tournament.

He was a fine gentleman who I had known for more than 60 years. Rest well, old friend.


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