Bob Seaman said his speech, given on behalf of his father, would be short and to the point because that's the way his dad would have wanted it. Say thank you, express how humble you are and get out of the way would be Doc Seaman's motto tonight.
Well, Bob Seaman spoke for five minutes and 51 seconds about his Saskatchewan born father who became one of the icons of Canadian hockey through his philanthropic work and smart business principals.
Here are some excerpts of what Bob Seaman had to say:
"Who really knows what impacts people and causes them to make a difference. Maybe it's a simple moment growing up. The engaging memory for Doc was looking out a one room schoolhouse in Saskatchewan and daydreaming of sport. Who would know that Doc would impact and help develop Canada's game.
"Who knew? From this dusty rural upbringing with strong values, a never stop work ethic, a love so sport, cowboys and frontier explanation…Doc would recount how brother B.J. would dig the puck out of the corner for Doc to swoop in and convert it to a goal. Building business was similar, Don and B.J. were in the corners and Doc was there to convert.
"Thank you for this honor.
"If Doc were here to accept this award he would like another accomplishment, the shortest acceptance speech in Hockey Hall of Fame history. His was the cowboy way…he had a firmness of spirit. Later in life, his book, 'Stay in the Game,' became his message. Doc was always in the game and on his game until he died.
"Doc enjoyed simple pleasures. He wore tee shirts, rarely threw out under wear.
"After the war Doc completed his engineering studies in Saskatchewan and went on to business. The road was not easy, the loss of his wife, his grandson, the challenges of business, the war and life itself. Hard work, hard work and more hard work guided him in what he did everyday. He was mostly proud of his tangible manifestations because they provided him the forum and the outlet to engage his systems of values. It was not for him that he developed these things, but for others and to prove to the world that his values were correct.
"My hope is that we are guided by the less tangible but more significant legacy of his character. Values that were forged in Saskatchewan prairies during great depression and held in World War II. They are values that are noticeable in the correctly played game of hockey at any level. Values that were about do more and say less. Thank you."
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh