On April 29, 2014, venerable sports reporter Brian Williams and award-winning producer Paul Harrington visited Library and Archive Canada’s (LAC) Preservation Centre to film part of a TSN (The Sports Network) feature on the legendary Frank McGee.
Although McGee was legally blind in one eye, what makes his story remarkable is that he was not only a prolific goal scorer who led the Ottawa Hockey Club to three Stanley Cup championships, but also a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War.
The feature will air November 11, 2014 on TSN SportsCentre (6pm EST).
Watch the TSN feature, “Remembering ‘One-Eyed’ Frank McGee”.
Brian Williams, a distinguished sports broadcaster for more than 40 years, was delighted to tour the Preservation Centre while on assignment for a feature on Frank McGee. Considered the “Dean of Olympic Broadcasting” in Canada, Williams has covered a total of 14 Olympic Games in his career.
Dave Ross, LAC Vault and Holding Management Officer, locates the box containing Frank McGee’s World War 1 military files. Military files are meticulously kept in the Preservation Centre’s climate-controlled vaults.
Producer Paul Harrington (third from left) oversees the filming of Frank McGee’s military files for TSN’s feature on the World War 1 veteran. In his heyday, McGee was Ottawa’s most popular athlete, a star player on the city’s Stanley Cup teams of 1903, 1904 and 1905.
Paul Harrington and Dave Ross examine documents from Frank McGee’s military files. McGee was killed in action during the Somme offensive on September 16, 1916.