February 17, 2013
Mickey Renaud remembered five years later

Mickey Renaud dons the Calgary Flames jersey just after being picked 144th overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft. (QMI Agency Files)

CALGARY - The boots, big as they were, couldn’t compare to the footprint Mickey Renaud left on the hockey community.


About a week before his sudden death on Feb. 18, 2008, Windsor Spitfires captain Mickey Renaud asked Tom Webster — a scout for the Calgary Flames, the NHL team that drafted him about eight months earlier — for ideas on how to reward his teammates for plucky performances.

“I told him, ‘Well, in Calgary, they have the hard hat. Why don’t you think of getting a pair of work boots so at the end of a game, you can present them?’ ” Webster recalled.

“He said, ‘Whoa, what a great idea,’ but unfortunately, he died before we could go get them. But I proceeded to go get them for him, and I presented them to the team and, for the remainder of the season, there was a pair of —

I think, they must have been at least size 16 — work boots that the Columbia Store donated and the player of the game was presented them.

“They were the biggest, ugliest boo