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February 25, 2017

Take Care of the Small

Charlie Gardiner was a hockey goaltender for the Chicago Black Hawks in the late 1920’s and early 30’s…during the 28-29 season, Gardiner had a rough go of it and nearly retired…but he didn’t…he went on to win the Vezina trophy twice, the Stanley Cup once (1934), and was voted to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame…however his career was not to last too long…he developed a tonsil-related infection which was left untreated as he continued the season…it gradually overtook him as he suffered from near blackouts during games… Gardiner died at age 29, on Wednesday, June 13, 1934, from a brain hemorrhage thought to be brought on by the infection. A lesson to take care of the big while it is still small, as recommended by the Tao Te Ching.