Thursday, January 20, 2011

Franklin' speaking I think it's a bad idea.

92 Citi FM wants Winnipegers to sign a petition to get Sir John Franklin community centre renamed after Mike Keane.

I have nothing against former Manitoba Moose captain Mike Keane, but why is there such a pressing need to name a community centre after him? And at the expense of Sir John Franklin?

As Wikipedia states: Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer who mapped almost two thirds of the northern coastline of North America. Franklin also served as governor of Tasmania for several years. In his last expedition, he disappeared while attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The entire crew perished from starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning, scurvy and exposure before and after Franklin died and the expedition's icebound ships were abandoned in desperation.

As Wikipedia states: Michael John Keane (born May 29, 1967 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey winger. Undrafted, Keane played over 1100 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1988 until 2004, and then played six seasons for his hometown Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League until he retired in 2010. Keane is a 3-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. He is one of only ten players in Stanley Cup history to win the Cup with three different teams.

I really think community centre namings should be reserved for people who die of starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning, scurvy and exposure, rather than hockey players. It's far more interesting to learn that the place you book ice time at was named after a guy who died in the Arctic looking for an easy shipping route for the British Empire, rather than some guy who won a bunch of Stanley Cup rings, even if he is a hometown hero in some fashion.

look at this guy, Sir John Franklin. Not only was he bald, not only did he die in the cold Arctic, not even accomplishing his expedition, but now we want to take away the community centre named after him? Shame on you, 92 Citi FM. .


Anonymous said...

I will quite enjoy driving to the Mike Keane Community Centre down Sir John Franklin Road. Will the various teams competing as the SJF Explorers become the MK Keaners?

One Man Committee said...

I think it's in bad taste to change the name of something that's already named after someone. It really diminishes the importance of the honour. If the club were named after a neighbourhood or some other geographic designation that would be one thing, but it's questionable to rename things willy-nilly.

Anyway, in this case it just seems like a PR stunt and not much more.

DriveGoddess said...

Who cares about some hockey player? We really do hold jocks in such high regard when there are so many others out there with far more noteworthy contributions.

Anonymous said...

bad idea... if this needs to be done, let it be done at a new joint in Waverley West or something. SJF needs to remain as SJF. Changing it to "Keane CC is a no-win initiative.