Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 38

Former Winnipegger Kerry Goulet joined forces with former NHLers Wayne and Keith Primeau to promote the website stopconcussions.com. To do that, they loaded some of the best players in the NHL and AHL into a Jumbo-Jet and took the Canada-USA Tour back to Australia. It was a rousing success, but for one Winnipeg professional, it was “the trip of a lifetime.” By Scott Taylor Photos Courtesy of Kerry Goulet and Frazer McLaren 38 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015 McLaren Cherishes ‘ Trip of a Lifetime’ F razer McLaren has been a professional hockey player for eight seasons and he’s been to some pretty great places. After all, during those eight seasons, he’s played 102 games in the National Hockey League with San Jose and Toronto, two great cities in their own right. But this summer, for a nice summer vacation, McLaren was asked to play for Team Canada. OK, so it wasn’t the Team Canada, but it was a Team Canada. Former NHLers Keith Primeau and Wayne Primeau along with former Winnipegger Kerry Goulet have founded and continue to operate a website called stopconcussions. com. It’s the major tool of the stopconcussions Foundation, a not-forprofit organization that was established “to educate and raise awareness on the cause, effects and consequences of concussions and neurotrauma injuries, specializing in concussions.” This summer, the Primeau Brothers and Goulet took the show on the road. From June 5-June 20, they gathered up some of the finest NHL and AHL players, including real Team Canada star Brent Burns -- right off his gold medal at the IIHF World Championship – and took them to Australia to play a four-game Canada-USA series to raise concussion awareness. They partnered with Australian-based specialist sports promoters, TLA Worldwide and TV network Nine Live, to present the 2015 Canada vs. USA Ice Hockey Classic. The tour visited Melbourne on Friday, June 5, Sydney on June 6, Brisbane on June 13 and Perth on June 20. For McLaren, it was nothing short of a tremendous way to spend two weeks in the off-season. “It was amazing,” said McLaren, via telephone from his cabin at Lake of the Woods. “It was the trip of a lifetime. To be able to go to the other side of the world in support of a great cause and play in front of sold out crowds in every building we played in, well it was really a lot of fun. And the crowds were loud. They come from a rugby culture and they really got into it.” For McLaren, who spent much of the summer waiting for his agent to find him work – before signing with the ??? – the trip could not have come at a better time. Not only was it high-level hockey, but it also gave him the opportunity to actually see Australia. “We had a great opportunity to see the country,” he said. “The organizers and mem-