September 19, 2017

Guest speaker, author Greg Oliver

Updated Friday January 19, 2018 by Kitchener Sports Association.



PHOTO: (L-R) Jim Oliver (father of speaker Greg Oliver), author Greg Oliver, Rod Seiling (former NHL and Team Canada player) and Bill Pegg (KSA President)



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Edelweiss Tavern

Meet and dine with Greg Oliver 

Canadian sports author

After several cheque presentations (KW Boys Softball, Waterloo Regional Boxing, ROW Swim Club and KW Youth Basketball) on behalf of the Athlete of the Year nominees, it was Jim Oliver's turn at the podium to introduce his son, sports author Greg Oliver.

Greg had a lot to talk about but focused on the life of Father David Bauer and material from his book, "Father Bauer and the Great Experiment: The Genesis of Canadian Olympic Hockey," which was just published in April, 2017. His writing career began with six books on professional wrestling but he then focused on hockey and eight more books have followed. (Leaf fans may be ineterested in his book, "Written in Blue and White: The Toronto Maple Leafs Contracts and Historical Documents from the Collection of Allan Stitt," that was released in 2014.) Greg's latest publication, "Gratoony the Loony: The Wild, Unpredictable Life of Gilles Gratton," has just been released.

Greg's presentation was full of anecdotes, supplimented with comments from Rod Seiling who was well acquainted with Father Bauer and was a key force on Team Canada in 1972. It made for a very entertaining and enlightening evening!

Greg's career also includes being the co-founder and producer of the SLAM! Wrestling website. Over the years he has also contributed to many other publications including The Hockey News, Publishers Weekly, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Sun, Kingston Whig-Standard, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fighting Spirit Magazine. As a teenager, he published The Canadian Wrestling Report (1985-1990).

For more on Greg Oliver and his publications, visit


This was our first dinner meeting of our 73rd year and, as always, open to the public. If you'd like to join us at a future dinner meeting, please let us know (at least a few days in advance) so we can make proper dinner arrangements: Email Adele Couchman  Our dinner meetings offer a great opportunity to learn about the local minor sports community and how we can help each other. 

Cost of dinner at most meetings is $25*
*Except for the Volunteer Dinner and Athlete of the Year Dinner
Upcoming KSA dinners:  
October 17: AGM
November 21: Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner

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