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Another Hebert Story5

Shared by Victor Hebert on January 11, 2021
Just By Chance 
I ran across Mr Hockey in this website. He sounded so much like my father so I thought I would share a bit of his history since as you can see my dad and I iproudly carry the Hebert name that my grandfather brought to Detroit from Belle River so many years ago.
My dad loved sports, he started all 4 of us siblings with speedskating so we toured Michigan every winter to attend the many winter carnivals in the small towns "upNorth" When I got to the age where it was obvious that I was not going to the Olympics, my dad was eager to keep me and my brother on skates so he organized a hockey team in the newly organized league for teen age boys> The league played all its first season games at Olympia Stadium. We had the first and only black hockey player on our team.
Later, after college we had a team in an industrial league that played at Gordie Howe's rink in the suburbs. My dad play on the team and got into the most fights as players from other teams would tease him and call him "Old Man".
I'm sure John and my dad will enjoy exchanging stories up yonder. And if any of hid decendents ever get to the bay area of CA, give me a shout and it will be my treat to take you to a Sharks game (when Covid is over)

Mr Hockey

Shared by Victor Lim on January 8, 2021
My deepest condolences to Sandy, Nicole and Daniel and to the Hebert family.
In the 30+ years I've known Johnny, I'll always remember the moments we shared playing
in the beer league with the Nighthawks winter through summer, to tourney's in such places as Ponte Claire, Trenton, Ottawa & Montreal and of course Tuesday nights at McCormick in beautiful Parkdale. To golfing down in Hilton Head where all he'd use is his trusty 6 iron,
quite efficiently to my surprise.
But nothing was more evident to me was his love for his family and his passion for the game of hockey. He played with such tenacity that on most nights he'd be come out of the scrum bleeding from the bridge of his nose. Never back down from anything or anyone, no matter how BIG. Traits passed down to Nicole and Daniel as witnessed. These are some of the memories I'll treasure about John.
Rest in Peace Captain, Coach, Commissioner and dear Friend.


Shared by Lou Ceccato on January 7, 2021
I met John Hebert in 1992 at Tuesday Night Hockey at McCormicks Arena. A tradition that started back in 1982 and continued till COVID-19 interrupted our lives last March. Tragically now I feel that the heart of Tuesday Night Hockey has been taken from us with the news of Johnny’s passing.

Yes that’s right. To all of us his name is Johnny. Never John during hockey. Just like I am Louie. It’s our hockey names. Over the years as he walked in the dressing room I would great him with a “JOHNNAY!!!”

It was obvious right off the bat from the warm up the he was a smooth and natural skater. During the game I also learned how great a hockey player he was as well. Over the years I had been a recipient of many of his hooks over the years. Johnny loved to score and always played forward. I usually played defence. We would battle each other like two competitors do playing for the Stanley Cup. That elusive Imaginary Cup that all used-to-be’s or never-was’s play for when playing shinny.  His dressing room banter, stories about work and family, were always fun to listen to. He was a natural leader in the room as well. A welcome addition to TNH is Nicole and Daniel. The apple does not fall for from the tree. All of the Hebert grit were factory installed to both of his two beautiful children who are both what we like to call the “Regulars”.

The Tuesday night tradition of after hockey beers was just as important to Johnny as much as playing the game. Johnny and I both took turns needling anybody who didn’t come. This is where I really got to know John Hebert the man. A deeply honourable and honest man. A caring and loving husband and father. A real friend who always gave it to you straight. Without the BS but without being insulting. A rare gift.

A few years ago we were all shocked to learn about his cancer. I’ll never forget him telling us in the dressing room as we were lacing up. We were teasing him about having a routine colonoscopy when his face was blank. He was trying to smile as he told us the news. I swallowed hard, held back the tears. I followed his lead and went out for the skate. He battled cancer as as hard as he played and lived his life. He bounced back so many times I thought he was Superman. In the end what I’ve come to realize is that John Hebert was a SuperHuman.
Johnny I will miss you but I will never forget you. You were a good friend and confident over the years. remember, if I get the puck behind the net, start skating up and curl into the centre so I can feed you the puck.
Your friend with love, Lou Ceccato
RIP Johnny
My deepest condolences to Sandy, Nicole, Daniel xo ❤️
Shared by John Ciampaglia on January 7, 2021
My sincere condolences to Sandy, Nicole, Daniel & family. John & I worked together at Simmonds & later at Matrix. What I will remember about John is that he was kind, honest, with a great sense of humour & a very positive person...right up to the end. John was very proud of his family. What I will miss most is our lunch get togethers & our conversations about family & life in general.

RIP John

Honest, humble and inspirational

Shared by jon schachter on January 7, 2021
My deepest sympathy go out to Sandy, Daniel and Nicole (and extended family) for the loss of a such a great husband, Dad, coach and friend. 
I had the distinct honour of working with Johnny for over 10 years at Matrix, and always knew him to be honest, hard working, humble, and most of all, a great team player with a positive attitude.
His 'battle' mode was off the charts at work, at play, and in his final days against a disease even he couldn't overcome. It's easy to see from other tributes, that so many others saw what I saw in Johnny - a positivity and braveness that belied the discomfort he must have been in. Johnny was truly inspirational, and someone I will always admire and think of with great affection. May his memory be a blessing to everyone he has touched.

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