Will MacLean pursue political career?

Campbell closes in on harness racing record

Joe MacIntyre newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on December 14, 2012

Doug MacLean, premier of Prince Edward Island?

To steal a phrase that MacLean often uses, “Are you kidding me?”

A lot of people may have been saying those words this week when it surfaced that MacLean may have interest in pursuing the leadership of the Island Progressive Conservative Party.

MacLean would be a very strong leader, and I feel would make a great premier. He could end up being P.E.I.'s version of Newfoundland's Danny Williams, who served as premier of Newfoundland for a number of years. Williams was flamboyant and very assertive in his tenure, and if MacLean ever did get into politics on P.E.I. I think he would be much the same.

Like Williams, MacLean would be financially secure, and the love of his province would probably be the main motivating factor for getting into politics.

MacLean's life experiences around the game of hockey would be a great benefit to him if he did seek out the Tory leadership.

The 58-year-old MacLean has pretty well done it all as far as hockey goes. From coaching, managing and building an NHL team from scratch, MacLean has experience around the sport of hockey that a lot of people only dream about. Simply put, he has been there and done that!

One would think that, with all his experiences, he would be sought after by other NHL teams. One can be sure that if the right opportunity came along with the right organization, MacLean would strongly consider it.

One would also think that he may have some unfinished business in the NHL. Even if his NHL days are behind him, his present gig as an analyst and commentator for Rogers Sportsnet and The Fan 590 is not so bad. He gets to live in Sunny South Florida and commutes to Toronto for his job, and then gets to spend a few relaxing months on beautiful P.E.I. in the summer.

His job with Sportsnet and The Fan 590, if you want to call it a job, really fits the bill for MacLean. He has never met a microphone that he didn't like, and he is real good at what he does. He is one of the best in the business, and his opinions count. He knows his hockey and one never knows where television may take him in the future.

MacLean looks like he is having a lot of fun on television, and one would wonder why he would leave that for the headaches that politics could bring?

MacLean is the type of person who does not back away from a challenge, and he has said that he was honoured to have been considered for the PC leadership.

One never knows, but my guess is that his passion for the game of hockey, and the opportunities that may lay ahead, will be enough to keep MacLean right where he is.

Harness racing

Marc Campbell is one of P.E.I.'s top harness racing drivers, and he hopes to make history at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday.

The young and talented Campbell has the record of 122 wins in a season, which he set last year, and is three wins away from breaking his own record. Campbell drives in 10 of the 13 races.

Campbell appears to have a wealth of talent, and one wonders when he may seek greener pastures up country like so many other talented Island drivers have done.

Pro sports salaries

Pro sports salaries have gone up significantly over the last 20 years, but none more than the NHL.

Since 1992, average NHL salaries have gone up 10 times to what they were 20 years ago. Major League Baseball salaries have tripled in that time frame while the National Football League is at four times and the National Basketball Association salaries have gone up five times to what they were in 1992.

Dollar dumb Dodgers

Can the Los Angeles Dodgers buy a championship?

They certainly look like they are attempting to do just that, and in fact new owner Magic Johnson and his group will say so. Since his group bought the Dodgers out of bankruptcy earlier this year, the Dodgers have committed an astonishing $684-million to seven players – Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.

I wonder how many of those seven will be in next year's MLB All-Star Game?

Greinke just signed the biggest contract ever given to a right-handed pitcher, a cool $147 million over the next six seasons.

Although he won the American League Cy Young Award with Kansas City in 2009, he has never won 20 games in a season. In fact, his best season was 16 wins in 2009.

In nine years in the majors, Greinke has 91 wins and a career earned-run average of 3.77. At almost $25 million per season, he is being rewarded handsomely for an average career.  

Flashback

Twenty-five years ago on Dec. 15, 1987, the Hemphill Pontiac Western Capitals beat the Charlottetown Best Seller Abbies 8-4 in a rough and tumble Island Junior Hockey League game at Cahill Stadium.

The Abbies picked up 13 minors, 10 fighting majors, 13 game misconducts, a triple game misconduct and two gross misconducts. The Caps were assessed 18 minors, seven majors and seven game misconducts by referee Jamie Kennedy.

Rob Watson faced 36 shots in the Caps’ net while Monte Emery faced 42 shots for the Abbies.

Robbie Murphy (3), Shawn Keough, Marc Larade, Peter Gallagher, Shannon Ellis and Robbie Phillips had the Caps’ goals. Darren Oliver, Ray Skinner, Craig Chapman and Grant Campbell replied for the Abbies.

Abbies coach Forbie Kennedy was ejected from the game, giving him three ejections on the season. Ah, the good old days!

Have a great week!

Joe MacIntyre is a Summerside resident. His column appears every Saturday. Comments and suggestions can be sent to j-mac@eastlink.ca.