Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Reg Fleming passed away on July 11, 2009.
He was a professionally hockey player whose career spanned from the Montreal Canadiens in the late 1950′s through the Kenosha Flyers and Hammond Cardinals in 1978. In between he was best known for his years with the Chicago Black Hawks (where he won a Stanley Cup), New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.
His reputation was as an aggressive and combative player, who played defense and forward. He also was known as a great teammate. He left his mark where ever he played.
Reg Fleming continues to leave his mark even after his passing. Fleming had been in declining health for a few years. A series of heart attacks and a stroke left him partly paralyzed and confined to rehabilitation facilities near Chicago. His oldest son, Chris, frequently made videos of his father in these last years and uploaded them on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4STfe5Hbgc (Vol 1)
In this conversation, we speak with Chris Fleming and with John Halligan, longtime Public Relations Director of the New York Rangers who knew Reggie Fleming during his years in New York.
It’s a talk about hockey, but about a lot more too.
Also see a great remembrance at http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/the-morning-skate-remembering-reggie-fleming/