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Glory Annen Clibbery
Glory Annen born Glory Anne Clibbery  in Kenora, Ontario, on September 5th, 1952. Glory got her unusual first name from the nun who delivered her in a backwoods Canadian hospital. 'She exclaimed: 'Glory be, what a pretty girl'.
Clibbery attended the Victoria Composite High school of Performing Arts in Edmonton, Alberta at age 17, she emigrated to England to further her education at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1976. Clibbery remained based in England but worked around the world as she pursued an acting career. She made her first movie, Cruel Passion, in 1974. Clibbery has worked in several films, the most notable being the Australian production Felicity. Clibbery's last film work was True Files filmed primarily in Singapore and completed in 2000. She recently was interviewed in Hollywood for the television documentary series Not Quite Hollywood about the Australian film industry. Clibbery did some radio and voice work including dubbing Anat Atzmon 'Nili' in the feature film Lemon Popsicle. Clibbery also appeared in several English television series in the 1970s and leading roles in the theatre, including creating the role of Deborah Solomon in the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago in London's West End. Clibbery was featured on television in many commercials and began working as a commercial casting director in 1982. Clibbery is also a cartoonist, artist and writer.
In 1985 Clibbery met Ivan Allen, one of the top horse trainers in the world. Beginning a 15 year relationship ending badly in 2000. Ivan Allen claimed these was no emotional attachment to Glory. Allen wanted her out of his apartment where Clibbery had lived with her mother for nearly a decade.
Clibbery was involved with Allan for over 15 years until a serious domestic violence 'incident' occurred on July 20th 2000 Glory Clibbery left the relationship. Clibbery said "If anybody had told me back in Kenora that I'd be caught in this kind of weird situation, I never would have believed them," Ms. Clibbery said. "I now regret ever having met Ivan. At this point in my life, I never want to speak to him again, ever. It's just been so awful."  This led to a widely publicized legal battle in England, which is still in progress in May 2002. Glory went to the press with her story in the Daily Mail, causing a furor because details of events in the Family Courts traditionally were not allowed to be publicized. Mr. Allan employed a Solicitor in order to summarily evict her from the Piccadilly Flat they shared for 14 years. Clibbery sought the advice of Raymond Tooth of Sears Tooth Solicitors. He suggested a Family Law Act application was made. Glory lost this application with 100% costs made against her. Mr. Tooth did not attend any of the hearings related to the litigation he advised. The stress destroyed Glory's health. Officers of the court' are virtually unaccountable in England. 17 separate matters came out of the disaster of an Family Law Act hearing in a secretive Family Division at the High Court and 9 years on Glory is still trapped in the 'legal loop' no closer to exposing the truth of what happened. "There are so many ways to cheat in horse racing and in the legal system I don't see the point in 'betting' on the outcome of a race or a case." Glory said recently. "There should be an independent commission to consider serious complaints. Self regulation is a bad joke. Don't let them have the last laugh. Avoid lawyers."
Clibbery was able to somewhat open up the Family Division to Public scrutiny when Allan sought an injunction in June 2002, to prevent Clibbery from disclosing details about their affair. The injunction was rejected, as was as a subsequent appeal. Allan previously won a possession order and Clibbery moved from the flat they had shared in Piccadilly, London. Because of Glory's health failing she retreated to the second home she helped maintain financially and shared with Mr. Allan, where her mother and her grandmother lived. Her 78 year old mother cared for and also helped maintain the house financially for 18 years. A violent eviction was carried out where Glory's mother was brutally assaulted by men acting on Ivan Allan's behalf. Clibbery was successfully represented by James Stewart a solicitor in London who handles high-profile cases, and by Andrew Monson in the appeal also by James Price QC. In September 2004 she was evicted from Allan's house by sworn in for the day bailiffs using a bogus court order signed by a previous Lord Chancellor who apparently didn't know how to spell his own name. Mr. Allan then paid one of his publicists to say he was as ruthless as a notorious Britain based gangster. 'There's none so queer as folk!'  Glory Annen 48 is currently residing in Newmarket, England and working as a casting director.  

Gary Gunnar Bergman
Gary Gunnar Bergman a professional ice hockey defenceman playing in the National Hockey League mostly for the Detroit Red Wings. He was also a part of Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. Bergman was born October 7, 1938 in Kenora, Ontario
In 1957 when the Winnipeg Warriors of the Western Hockey League called up Bergman their young defenceman currently on the MJHL's Winnipeg Braves.  This would be the first time the professional hockey world would see Bergman in action. After two years with the Warriors a solid defensive player, Bergman moved into the American Hockey League and continued to gain experience while skating with four different American Hockey League squads, the Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Barons, Quebec Aces, and the Springfield Indians. It was after this last season in 1964 that the National Hockey League finally took notice. The Detroit Red Wings claimed Bergman in the 1964 Intra-League Draft on June 10 putting the hard-working defenceman to the test.
Bergman joined the Detroit Red Wings for the 1964–65 season. In 58 games Bergman held back his offensive instincts while focusing on his defensive work. Gradually he gained confidence and seniority on the team. Playing solidly when the Detroit Red Wings reached the 1966 Stanley Cup finals and lost to the Montreal Canadiens in six games. Bergman was the man tangled up with Montreal’s Henri Richard when Richard scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in overtime during Game 6 of the 1965–66 final series. Bergman, like all Wings from that season was convinced Richard pushed the puck in with his glove and the goal should not have counted saying this after the game. "I took him down and held his stick in my hand, there was no way he could score."
Bergman continued to improve his defensive and offensive roles on the team throughout the early 1970s. Bergman's well-rounded playing made him useful on both the power-play and penalty-killing units for the Detroit Red Wings. Although he incurred his share of penalties, Bergman wasn't considered a surly opponent on the ice. Bergman rarely looked for trouble but also never backed down from an onrushing opponent, whether he was a fancy scorer or a power forward. While all eyes were on young superstars like Bobby Orr and Brad Park, the Detroit Red Wings were a mediocre team that continued to lose respect in the league, especially with the retirement of Gordie Howe. Bergman started turning to the community, becoming involved in outside charities and organizations. Bergman was particularly involved with helping disabled children and adults. He was one of the most liked National Hockey Leaguers off the ice due to his charity work in 1973 he was named co-winner of the Charlie Conacher Humanitarian Award.
After 10 years with the Detroit Red Wings, Bergman was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for fellow veteran blue liner Ted Harris on November 7, 1973. One thought as to why he was traded stemmed from Bergman speaking out when he disagreed with the decisions of coach Ned Harkness. Bergman would post 26 points to go along with his consistent defensive play in the 1973–74 season for the North Stars.
After a year Bergman was reacquired in the off-season on October 1, 1974 by the Detroit Red Wings for Detroit's 3rd round draft pick in 1975 who ended up being Alex Pirus. Bergman would score 30 points for his former team before being traded again the following year. Along with Bill McKenzie, Bergman was traded on August 22, 1975 for Peter McDuffe and Glen Burdon to the newly formed Kansas City Scouts where he would spend his final NHL season. In 1975–76, Bergman would record his second highest point total of his National Hockey League career, scoring five goals and tacking on 33 assists to finish with 38 total points. Bergman retiring with 367 points in 838 regular season games. In nearly a decade and a half of National Hockey League service, Bergman had the chance to play in only 21 post-season games, 12 of them taking place in 1966.
In 1972 Bergman received a huge compliment when Harry Sinden and John Ferguson inviting him to play with Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. Bergman recounted the day he was asked to play for his country, "Harry called me Sunday morning. Janie and the kids and I were just going out the door to church, and I had to stop. Janie was saying, 'Would you get off the damn phone, we have to get to church.' It was Harry Sinden on the phone asking me if I'd be part of the team."
Bergman played an important defensive role in all eight games against the Soviets and chipped in with three assists. Bergman died on December 8, 2000 and would posthumously be honoured for his defensive efforts in 2005, when the team was honoured, en masse, as members of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Bergman's awards and achievements: Turnbull Cup (MJHL) Championship (1959), Memorial Cup Championship (1959), Selected to Team Canada for 1972 Summit Series, Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game (1973), “Honoured Member” of the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

Ralph Connor
Rev. Dr. Charles W. Gordon Rev. Dr. Charles William Gordon, or Ralph Connor, born September 13, 1860 in Glengarry County, Ontario the son of Rev. Daniel Gordon (1822–1910) and Mary Robertson Gordon (d. 1890). Gordon's father was a Free Church of Scotland Missionary in Upper Canada. The family moved from Glengarry to Harrington, Oxford County, Ontario when he was a young. Like many other young men in the area, Gordon went to Toronto to study at University of Toronto. He then attended Knox College and graduated with distinction in 1886.
With a brother and two Knox College classmates Gordon travelled to Scotland and Europe spending a term of study in Edinburgh. Gordon was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1890. He moved to Alberta, then still part of the Northwest Territories, and he served a large area west of Calgary that today includes the municipalities of Banff and Canmore. Gordon served in the Rocky Mountains until 1894. The congregation in Canmore is called Ralph Connor Memorial United Church in remembrance of his time there.
Gordon moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he spent nearly 40 years as minister of St. Stephen's Presbyterian/United Church, which was a new congregation when he arrived. During these 40 years he also wrote in Kenora, Ontario on Lake of the Woods.
Near the start of the First World War, in 1915 Gordon became Chaplain of the 43rd Cameron Highlanders Battalion CEF see The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. In 1916 Gordon was made senior chaplain of Canadian Forces in England with the rank of Major. Gordon then proceeded to France as senior chaplain, 9th Brigade, British Expeditionary Force. Gordon was mentioned in Imperial dispatches.
After returning from Europe, Gordon was Moderator of the 1921 Presbyterian General Assembly becoming a strong advocate for union of the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Churches in Canada. In June 1925, Gordon was on the podium during the final benediction of the Presbyterian Church General Assembly at Toronto's College Street Church. Gordon encouraged the organist to play Handel's Hallelujah Chorus as loudly as possible to drown out the sound of protests from the so-called "Continuing Presbyterians" who had gathered in the front corner of the assembly hall to vote on resuming nearby later that evening.
Gordon became interested in writing during his student days at the University of Toronto. Gordon using the Connor pen name while maintaining his status as a Church leader, first in the Presbyterian and later the United churches in Canada. Gordon was also at one time a master at Upper Canada College. Publishing his first novel, Black Rock, in 1898 the book was moderately successful in Canada but his second novel The Sky Pilot gained him international attention in 1899 and sold more than 1,000,000 copies. The Sky Pilot, like many of his works was a frontier adventure with strong themes of morality and justice. Gordon continued to write until his death on October 31, 1937 his brother Dr. H. F. Gordon predeceased him by 24 hours. His autobiography, Postscript to Adventure was penned in his final year and published posthumously in 1938. Connor sold more than five million copies of his works in his lifetime some of his works are still in print.
Ralph Connor House is a Canadian, Manitoba and Winnipeg heritage treasure. The home was not only built to accommodate the Gordon's large family but also served as the St. Stephen's parish office for the Presbyterian minister. From humble parishioners to Hollywood movie stars, the home welcomed people from all over the world, attracted to Reverend Gordon who had gained international acclaim for his good works and stardom as one of the world's best selling novelists of the time.
While Reverend Gordon's writing had made him a wealthy man in the early 20th century the Great Depression and financial problems had taken their toll and Gordon's family was forced to surrender the House to the City of Winnipeg. In 1939, the University Women’s Club saved the vacant Ralph Connor House from demolition and eventually bought it from the City in 1945. The Club continued its focus on intellectual pursuits and community activity. It has been the most ardent and long-term participant in its preservation. In 1949 the Club established the Ralph Connor Trust Fund to provide for building maintenance and repairs. The Fund has spent $400,000 since 1981 to maintain and repair the House, including foundation underpinnings and new copper plumbing. But the fund was not designed to cover the scale of work now required to meet present-day fire and safety regulations and other needed functional improvements. The Friends of Ralph Connor House was established in 2003 as a registered charity and became the official owner of the House with a focus on the care and preservation of the building.

Michael Richards
Richards born February 11, 1985 in Kenora, Ontario to Norm and Irene has two brothers, Mark and Matt. Growing up Richards attended Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora until being drafted to the Kitchener Rangers at which point Richards attended Eastwood Collegiate Institute for the remainder of his high-school career. Richards also played soccer in high school with Beaver Brae and was named the most improved player in Grade 9.
Richards began his major junior career with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League  in 2001–02. Richards was a member of a dominant 2003 Kitchener team that captured the Memorial Cup and Richards led the team in scoring during the regular season with 87 points. That summer the Philadelphia Flyers selected him 24th overall in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft. His cousin, Jeff Richards is also an Ontario Hockey League graduate playing for the Lakehead University Thunderwolves. Richards recently appeared on Making the Cut, a Canadian reality show about aspiring hockey players.
Upon being drafted Richards returned to the Rangers for two more seasons. In his last season of junior 2004–05 Richards embarked on another Memorial Cup run with Kitchener, but despite a remarkable 28-point performance from Richards in just 15 playoff games, the Rangers were eliminated by the London Knights in the OHL semi-finals. As soon as Kitchener was eliminated, the Flyers assigned Richards to the Philadelphia Phantoms, their American Hockey League affiliate, for their playoff run. Averaging over a point per game, he became a key part of the Phantoms' 2005 Calder Cup championship.
Richards made his National Hockey League debut with the Flyers the following season and scored a goal in his first game on October 5, 2005, against the New York Rangers. Later in the season Richards scored his first career National Hockey League hat trick, which included two shorthanded goals, against the New York Islanders on February 8, 2006. Richards hat trick was the first by a Flyers rookie since Mikael Renberg on February 15, 1994. Richards finished his National Hockey League rookie season with 34 points in 79 games, third among Flyers rookies to Jeff Carter drafted the same year as Richards 11th overall and R.J. Umberger.
Following an injury shortened sophomore season Richards was kept to 32 points in 50 games due to stomach surgery. Richards emerged as a star with the Flyers in 2007–08 and topped the team in scoring with 75 points. Recognizing Richards ascent as a leader on the team, Richards was named one of the Flyers' alternate captains at the outset of the season and was signed to a lengthy 12-year contract extension worth $69 million on December 13, 2007. Shortly after signing the deal, Richards was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2008 National Hockey League All-Star Game in Atlanta. In the first National Hockey League All-Star Game of his career Richards registered an assist.
As the Flyers entered the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the third-seeded Washington Capitals, Richards scored his first playoff goal on a penalty shot against Washington goaltender Cristobal Huet in game three. In doing so Richards became just the second player in National Hockey League history to score his first playoff goal on a penalty shot, the first was Wayne Connolly who did so with the Minnesota North Stars in 1968. The Flyers defeated the Capitals in seven games then upset the Montreal Canadiens before falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. Richards finished his 2008 playoff run with 14 points in 17 games.
Before the start of the 2008–09 season, on September 17, 2008, Richards was named the 17th captain in Flyers history, succeeding previous captain Jason Smith, who had signed with the Ottawa Senators in the off-season. On February 15, 2009, Richards became the first player in National Hockey League history to score three career 3-on-5 shorthanded goals when he beat New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in a 5–2 win. Six days later, on February 21, Richards became the first Flyer in team history to score a shorthanded goal in three consecutive games and the first National Hockey League player to do so since Joe Sakic in 1998. Richards finished the season second in team scoring to Jeff Carter with 80 points to go with a league-leading 7 shorthanded goals.
Richards made his international debut with Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Finland. Despite a third period lead in the gold medal game Canada lost to the United States 4-3. The following year Richards returned to the World Juniors as team captain and led Canada to its first gold medal at the tournament since 1997. Richards tallied 5 points in 6 games.
After Richards' rookie season with the Philadelphia Flyers, Richards was chosen to his first senior tournament with Team Canada at the 2006 World Championships. Richards scored 5 points in 9 games, but Canada was defeated by Finland in the bronze medal game.

Rick St. Croix
Rick St. Croix born January 3, 1955 in Kenora, Ontario a retired Canadian professional hockey goaltender. St. Croix is currently one of the assistant coaches of the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose.
After retiring as a player, St. Croix became a coach eventually was named goaltending coach for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. St. Croix won the Stanley Cup with the team in 1999. He is currently the assistant coach for the Manitoba Moose American Hockey League hockey club. Rick St.Croix is proof not even a saint could save those abysmal Maple Leaf teams of the early 1980s.
The goaltender nicknamed ‘The Saint’ gave the Leafs everything he had after he was acquired by the club in January, 1983. But for a net minder who had been successful at every level it was difficult for St. Croix to deal with the regularity of the losses.
“There was a stretch with the Leafs for about two months that he thought he was playing the best hockey of his career but was losing and he couldn’t understand it,” St. Croix recalled. “Part of me was saying, ‘Oh, that was an awesome game. But we lost 4-2.’ So I said, ‘Well, I’ve got to play harder. I’ve got to try harder. I’ve got to work harder.’ I was just burning myself out.” Now 53 and a highly respected goalie coach, St. Croix realizes sometimes goaltenders can play well and their team still loses.
“Everything is about perspective,” said the Kenora, Ontario native. “I think the best goalies are the ones who keep things on an even keel keeping their performance in a range that’s pretty darn consistent.” The Saint now imparts this type of wisdom to his students and in his role as goalie coach with the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose.
St. Croix mentoring role is similar to his older brother Vic served for him when he was growing up. St. Croix first donned the pads when he was six and thanks largely to his elder sibling St. Croix was playing in the Manitoba Junior League when he was 14.
“He (Vic) suggested things to me and I listened attentively and I guess he saw some potential,” St. Croix said. “When he gets into things, he’s very focused; that’s his nature,” After three Junior-A seasons with his hometown Kenora Muskies St. Croix toiled for the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals. It was in Oshawa St. Croix first contemplated an National Hockey League career.
“I was really naïve,” he recalled. “It wasn’t probably until halfway through the first year in Oshawa when I watched Rick Middleton do some things on the ice and I remember saying to myself, ‘This must be where National Hockey League players come from.’ ”
The Philadelphia Flyers selected St. Croix in the fourth round 72nd overall of the 1975 National Hockey League draft. St. Croix an ambitious net minder was in his third season with the Flyers organization when he made his National Hockey League debut Feb. 16, 1978 at The Spectrum against the Minnesota North Stars. “They played the Rocky theme song,” he recalled of his debut. “I’ll never forget that. I’m going down the runway and they’re playing that song and I had tears in my eyes.” St. Croix would play most of the next two campaigns with the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Maine, prior to cracking the Flyers roster for good in 1980-81. Sharing time with Pete Peeters, St. Croix appeared in 27 games leading the league in save percentage.
“We had a strong team and I think Pat Quinn kind of nurtured me along that season because we had three goalies for awhile and then down to two,” he recalled. “For me, I was feeling good about my game, feeling good about myself. My confidence was high and that was a year I’ll never forget.” St. Croix appeared in 29 games the following season with the Flyers, before being dealt to the Leafs in January 1983. St. Croix spent parts of three seasons with the bottom-feeding Buds.
After retiring following the 1985-86 campaign St. Croix returned to Kenora sold real estate for a year before serving as the goalie coach with the Winnipeg Jets for two seasons. St. Croix was later recruited to a similar post with the Dallas Stars and collected a 1999 Stanley Cup ring while working with Ed Belfour, Marty Turco, Manny Fernandez and Roman Turek.
Dallas had such an incredible stable of goalies St. Croix reflected. I was just shaking my head saying, ‘The guys that are involved in picking their goalies have done an unbelievable job.  In addition to his coaching duties St. Croix was running goalie schools in Canada and the U.S. St. Croix still operates his school out of Winnipeg but also performs sessions in Minnesota and Thunder Bay.
Despite St. Croix’s dedication to goaltending, none of his children have become net minders. Living in Winnipeg with his wife, Michelle, for close to 20 years now, the couple have four children. Their oldest son Chris is a defenseman who’s now playing pro hockey in Germany. Michael, their youngest son is a highly touted forward who’s eligible for this year’s Western League draft.
Their youngest daughter, Richelle plays defense and just finished a four-year hockey scholarship at Minnesota State University and their eldest daughter, Courtney, is a physiotherapist who’s now completing her law degree at the University of Manitoba. When he’s not at the rink or following the careers of his children, St. Croix also retails and wholesales Christmas trees. “For me, sometimes hockey felt insecure,” he said of the necessity for his Christmas tree business. “It was always a backup for me.” But hockey has been good to St. Croix and he has fond memories of his playing career. “There were obviously some great moments and some tough times,” he said. “But life has its ups and downs and I’m very grateful for what they all brought.” That’s just the kind of perspective you would expect from a saint.

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