A suggestion for honoring Jim Kelley's legacy

Nashville Predators play-by-plan man Pete Weber (who has a long history with the Buffalo Sabres) submitted a letter to the Buffalo News on the passing of acclaimed hockey writer Jim Kelley on Tuesday. In it, he makes an outstanding suggestion:

He had a difficult act to follow in Dick Johnston (who preceded him as a winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Elmer Ferguson Award), but Jim raised the bar even higher. I will never forget the class he demonstrated during the playoffs of 1997, when he suddenly became a part of the story, simply for doing his job. How he maintained a sense of calm through that storm continues to amaze me tothis day. Jim simply dug in and stayed on the story.

I am hoping his legacy can be honored some day by the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as well. Perhaps that body can honor the best in hockey journalism in this country with a "Jim Kelley Award."    

I can't think of a more fitting tribute to a man whose life and work has drawn praise from all around the hockey world over the last two days. Please pass this along to your friends and let's help raise the call for a Jim Kelley Award.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker