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Hitman, Hitmen both winners
By BRET "The Hitman" HART -- For The Calgary Sun
  What is it they say, good things come in threes? Or is it good things come to those who wait? Either way, here's the latest news on three good things that I waited for.

 It was a major awards deuce for Hitman Hart, Wrestling with Shadows at the Hot Docs Film Festival! Shadows was nominated for best editing, which is an aspect of the film that I was always impressed with. Due in large part to brilliant editing, the film's factual details are assimilated effortlessly into the fast-paced, true storyline. You may say I'm biased, and maybe I am, but awards for Best Independent Canadian Film and Best Feature Film of the Festival were well deserved.

 No one is more grateful or deserving of any trophy than the Calgary Hitmen are of the President's Cup. It was really cool being at centre ice to be part of the excitement. My youngest son Blade, 8, and I felt really special to be in the locker room after the victory.

 There was a time when I was reluctant to sell my interest in the team to the Calgary Flames but, in hindsight, I'd like to personally congratulate Ron Bremner and Al Coates for the wonderful way they've stood behind this team and got them to where they are now. And then there's the masterful job by Kelly Kisio, and it goes without saying that it's Dean Clark's dream team!

 Four years ago, an ex-prez remarked, 'This jersey will never skate on Saddledome ice.' Well, that jersey did a darn good job of skating last Friday when it won the President's Cup! It reminds me of when I was just starting out and they told me I didn't have a big enough name to wrestle at Madison Square Garden. It makes you work even harder.

 I was flattered when Ryan Shannon, one of the five remaining original Hitmen, told me that he still has his Hitman glasses from one of our first photo shoots. We reminicsed about how the fledgling team searched for direction and it was rewarding to know that I was able to play some small part in motivating them by always being there and always believing.

 There's tremendous satisfaction in seeing Brad Moran get MVP. He's consistently conscientious about everything he does, has become one of the backbones of the team and yet he remains a very gracious kid.

 Chris Nielsen, Blade's favourite player, personally thanked me for all the little things I do for the team and that meant a lot to me. I want to return the compliment by thanking him for how kind he was to my son. My kids were always very involved with wrestling but WWF isn't for kids any more and my kids aren't really sure what's going on in WCW, but who is?

 Wrestling isn't a significant part of their lives any more but hockey has filled that void. As hometown heroes who set a goal and beat the odds, the Calgary Hitmen have inspired my sons and rejuvenated me.

 Dallas, Blade and I are all pumped up and ready to go to the Memorial Cup playoffs and we can't wait to report to the Sun with our personal pick for Sharpshooter of each game!

 The only thing that might make me miss a game is that I've been invited to be on The Tonight Show to answer the challenge Kevin Nash made. Leave it to that moron to wait until the Memorial Cup playoffs to pull a stunt like this. He had 15 months to fight me when I was in WCW and I didn't hear any challenges from him then. Now that he knows I've had abdominal surgery, he acts brave. Maybe he'd like to challenge my mother next, or maybe he'd better think twice about that! So now, on account of that big goof, I may have to miss a Memorial Cup game but, then again, you don't get to go on The Tonight Show every day. I'll think of something.

 Tune in Tuesday.

 There's something I want to clear up for fans and even some reporters who believe that when I quit WCW it was all just in good fun. What nobody clearly understands is how close I am to walking away from wrestling for good. Nobody knows where I stand in the world of wrestling, including me. I've been weighing my options and there are things tempting me away from wrestling but then again there are things in wrestling that I still want to prove. And yet, on the other hand, the thing about fame is that you can quit any time you want.

 I'm all jacked up and can't wait to be there when the Calgary Hitmen prove that they're the greatest junior team that Calgary has put on the ice since the Calgary Canadians in 1926.

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