Published on February 21, 2014
Glenn 'Chico' Resch, right, and his father Joe Resch wears a James Bedard 1947 Memorial Cup Moose Jaw Canucks jersey. Chico had the jersey given to him by Eddie Sanford. The jersey will be given to the Moose Jaw Warriors to be housed at Mosaic Place at a later date. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Published on February 21, 2014
Glenn 'Chico' Resch, left and his father Joe Resch, right, shows off the back of the James Bedard Moose Jaw Canucks jersey from the 1947 Memorial Cup. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Exchanged Canucks jersey comes back to Moose Jaw
Joe Resch loved the Moose Jaw Canucks.
So much so that he slept in the alleyway by the old arena just to get tickets for the 1947 Memorial Cup that was held in Moose Jaw.
“It was a great team,” said Joe. “I went to all the games. I wanted to go to the Memorial Cup, but you couldn’t get tickets until the next day. So we slept on the ground ... took some blankets and when we woke up, we got our tickets then we went home and went to bed.”
His favourite player was James Bedard, a stay-at-home defenceman with the Canucks.
Sixty-seven years later, Joe Resch got a major surprise.
His son, Glenn ‘Chico’ Resch, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the New York Islanders now does TV with the New Jersey Devils, got his hands on a Bedard jersey.
Chico met up with Eddie Sanford, a forward with the St. Michael Majors and the Boston Bruins a couple months ago.
Sanford and the Majors were in the same Memorial Cup as Bedard and the Canucks. At the end of the game in Regina, they exchanged jerseys.
“I told him this is what I think should happen - they have a new arena in Moose Jaw and this would be a nice centrepiece,” said Chico. “I wanted to tell the story of this jersey.”
Chico and Joe were in attendance at the Moose Jaw Warriors game on Wednesday with the jersey and wanted to give it to the organization to display in Mosaic Place.
“I go to Montreal in the Bell Centre and they have such a rich history. They have these displays around the corridor and it is just gorgeous. I thought, boy, if Moose Jaw has the hall of fame hall and this would just be great,” said Chico. “You aren’t going to find another that old.”
When the Warriors organization heard about the jersey Chico had and the plan to keep it in Moose Jaw, they were overwhelmed.
“We were pleasantly surprised and excited when Chico brought that jersey to the game with the offer to allow us to have the opportunity to do something with the jersey and to have it pemanetly housed in Mosaic Place,” said Corey Nyhagen, director of business operations with the Warriors. “We want to thank Eddie for the opportunity for even doing it.”
The organization has started to brainstorm ideas in how to honour the 1947 Memorial Cup Bedard jersey, including the possibility of combining it with their 30th anniversary next season.
“With honouring the Canucks this season and the feedback we got from the organization, there were talks of doing an annual thing with the Moose Jaw Canucks and this could be a good segway into something with the jersey and permanently housing memorabilia,” said Nyhagen. “We are really looking into doing something in the building hopefully next season. There are some discussions to be had in the building about how and where we could do this to honour hockey and sports in general in this city.”
Sanford wrote Chico a letter stating “It’s a fitting place for the sweater and I thank the Bedard family for their kindness in trading sweaters with me. Both of us wore the #2 sweater at that time.”
In the letter, Sanford also asks for the committee to make a donation to an organization that he has been involved in for many years.
“I think that would be something we would do just so that we can secure that the jersey remains on display within this city for years to come,” said Nyhagen. “Anything we can do with Eddie to solidify that we are able to maintain that jersey here to display for generations, then that is definitely something we want to do.”
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