PucKChaser named Best of…I’ll tell you what deserves it — Have a Skate with Bob

Well, well, well, this silly blog was named on the The Pitch’s Best of Kansas City list.

Pitch.com/Sports & Recreation/Best Dose of Reality/PucKChaser
I’m flattered. It’s very cool to get recognized by the Pitch. A snarky blog written by a smart ass who just happens to know a little about the inner workings of local TV stations and the local newspaper to know that local journalists spend miniscule amounts of time researching stories about a professional sports franchise coming to Sprint Center and usually churn out stories directly from a press release gets recognized as a Best of (how was that for a run-on sentence).

You know what needs to get recognized by a Best Of.? The HAVE A SKATE WITH BOB FOUNDATION and the Have a Skate Charity hockey games in Rockford, Illinois and at the Independence Events Center.

This local charity grew from nothing — just an idea between a hockey player and his two daughters. It has grown to an event that will host two charity hockey games. One before the AHL’s Rockford Ice Hogs game on December 3rd and one before a Missouri Mavericks game on March 17, 2012.

This local charity has been mentioned NATIONALLY in the USA Hockey magazine and gotten some press from local TV station KSHB. It hasn’t received nearly as much recognition as it should. It’s a great story!

If you have played hockey, coached hockey, officiated hockey or been involved in hockey in Kansas City in any way in the last 20 or so years, you probably know Bob Klem.

Klemmer, as many people know him, has played goalie in adult hockey leagues for as long as anyone can remember. If you don’t play, you probably know him from when he was a season ticket holder for the Blades and hung out a Replays after almost every game. Hell, the guy even had season tickets to the Outlaws (blech). Now, you’ll find him at Missouri Mavericks games. Walk through the crowd with him at the Sprint Center before one of the NHL Preseason games and it’s “Hey Klemmer from the left.” “KLEMMER!!!” from the right. Then, Bob will stop to glad hand a beer vendor or usher he recognizes from Kemper or the Independence Events Center. It’s like walking the halls with the Mayor…you know in the days when we had a Mayor who everyone liked.

Bob Klem started a charity hockey game a few years ago — Have a Skate with Bob. He scheduled ice time and invited his friends to play. The cost — a donation to PanCan. Well, those who played in “Skate”, as Bob calls it, had a great time. “You should do this every year, Klemmer.” Bob thought he was on to something.

Was he ever!

Have a Skate with Bob is now a 503c registered charity. Two games this hockey season.
Have A Skate With Bob and the Rockford IceHogs presented by Humana — December 3, 2011

Hopefully, Patrick Kane will show up at the game.
Have A Skate With Bob and the Missouri Mavericks — March 17, 2012

If you know Bob, contribute…even a little. If you don’t know Bob, you should. You may come away saying “that’s one interesting guy…”. Your life may also be just a little better once you know him. Many lives are.

So, I’m not going to gloat…well, except that I got a Best Of… and EPIC (failure) Indoor Sports didn’t…sorry, (I had to do that…)

I’m just going to say that if you like hockey and like this blog even a little (or if you like hockey and hate this blog), DONATE TO SKATE TODAY.

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2 Responses to PucKChaser named Best of…I’ll tell you what deserves it — Have a Skate with Bob

  1. Brian says:

    Klemmer is a great guy! Love chatting him up at Mavericks games. Bob’s story is heartbreaking, but at the same time very motivational. That guy is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met in my life and he’s probably the biggest hockey fan I know.

  2. Mike Jacobi says:

    awesome info about the skate w/bob. just posted the info over on secondcityhockey.com.

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