While Jeff wasn't able to attend this year's GWLHL Wind-Up, he sent along some words to express his feeling about being elected to this year's HOF class:
"WOW! What an extreme honor it is to be inducted into the Great-West Life hockey hall of fame. THANK YOU to the members for voting me in!
When I heard of my selection, I took a few minutes to look at the members of the prestigious group. Dale Kilimnik, Ed Hunter, Jim Jennings, Larry ďLipstickĒ Davidson, Howie Wood, Jack Morris, Gerry Boss, Gregg Melnyk, Sanjay Guliani and The Wolfer, just to name a few. What a group of misfits! Iím not certain if this is a Hall of fame list, the list of people most wanted by the Winnipeg Alcoholics Anonymous chapter or the registered members of the Deer Lodge nursing home? Ha, who am I to think it canít be all three? For just the guys I mentioned, Iíve got the over/under for beers consumed after games at 11,500. Joking aside, looking at the list of GWL Hockey Hall of Fame members, I am truly humbled.
"I think everyone that hears that GWL has as hockey league believes it only about hockey. Yes, hockey is a part of it. Heck, even some of the people who have played and currently play in our league, actually know how to play hockey. To me, this league has been much more than just hockey. Much more. It is a chance to meet new people from work in a much different setting then sitting across the table debating if a dental claim should or should not be paid. For me, it has fostered both personal and business relationships resulting in many lifelong friendships. I canít remember my first goal, my last goal or any particular game, but I do remember the great people that I had the privilege of shared a dressing room with or competed against on the ice. Without a doubt, some game days there was more work accomplished in the 30 minutes before and after the game, drinking a beer, then the 7.5 hours we spent at work. While hockey might have brought us all together, the time we spend with each other in the dressing room cracking wise, kibitzing with one another and/or busting someoneís chops for missing an open net is what keeps us coming back and what makes this league such an important part of our lives. The Great-West Life Hockey league has enriched my life and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all past, present and future players and refs for making this league what it is. One of the greatest league, playing the greatest game!
"Thank you again,