It started, of course, with Tiger Goldstick, Edmonton’s legendary man about sports.
Tiger was the original Eskimos (“Don’t touch me, Tiger, this one is serious”) trainer. He worked as an umpire, wrestling referee, beer rep, sports reporter and as host of Tiger’s Den on Popcorn Playhouse on CFRN TV who had regular guests like Gordie Howe show up every time they were in town.
Tiger was the world’s greatest scrounger of sports equipment for under-privileged kids and always had the trunk of his car full of the stuff.
It was only natural that in the beginning of Sports Central, Tiger Goldstick should be the ambassador and face of the incredible outfit of volunteers who supply sports equipment and bikes to kids who can’t afford them in this city.
The longest-running ambassador has been a former sports equipment salesman at United Cycle when he was coaching midget AAA hockey in Sherwood Park, a fella by the name of Ken Hitchcock, who was passionate about the project and used it to keep his connection to Edmonton.
Thursday Sports Central announced Todd McLellan had agreed to take over from Hitchcock.