BRULE GOOD

Wanye
May 25 2010 10:25PM

 

We were sitting down to read a newspaper we found on the ground when we came upon this story, about Edmonton Oiler Gilbert Brule donating $10,000 towards the facial reconstruction surgery of little Maddox Flynn, who has a rare condition called cystic hygroma, a rare malformation of the lymphatic system that causes fluid-filled lesions to develop during infancy.

Flynn and his parents are flying to NYC to have a complex (and thereby expensive) surgery designed to reduce the tumour and need help raising the $50,000 needed to travel to New York and undergo the procedure.

According to the Journal article:

"Oilers forward Gilbert Brule was hanging out at his mom's place in Vancouver when their conversation turned to Maddox Flynn, the little boy who travelled to New York City this week for reconstructive facial surgery. Brule, just back from a Hawaiian holiday, hadn't heard about the Edmonton two-year-old and was immediately touched by the story his mother passed along. "I just realized I'd love to help a kid in need -- especially at that age," said Brule, who donated $10,000 to the medical trust fund that will pay for the boy's surgery."

YES BRULE

Good on you for making a donation to a great cause like this and even better that it represents 1/5 of the money that the family is looking to raise. This is a significant donation and easily one of the brightest news events coming out of the Oilers dressing room since the Oilers announced that no players were injured in the annual "cleaning out of the lockers" at the end of the 2009-10 season.

As a frame of reference, the $10,000 donation from Brule is 1/10 of the paltry $100,000 that the NHL donated to victims of the Earthquake in Haiti which led to this article mocking the NHL from here to next Thursday. The NHL you will recall looked quite the Scrooge back in January after making a donation a tenth the size of the other three major sports leagues and gave Gary Bettman haters the 1,245,915th reason to scream and yell for his dismissal.

Instead of paying $100,000 to give itself a PR black eye, Brule has done some real good with his contribution. What makes it even more impressive is though there was a small article publicizing the donation in the Journal, this seems to be all about Brule wanting to help a kid that has been dealt a rough start to his young life and little to do with seeking publicity.

POSITIVITY

We are racking our brains trying to remember the last time we read about an Oiler up and donating dough to a cause with which they are not officially associated. It probably happens more often than we hear about, but perhaps the wizards in the PR department could see to it that some positivity hits the newswires from time to time.

Y'know.

Cause the team is so horrendous on the ice that any positives off the ice should lead to an immediate press conference being called and special 10 page pull out sections to be run in the daily newspapers.

In any event, Gilbert Brule just went up in our books. And we once co-authored a 4 part series on the guy which nearly killed Willis and yours truly back in 2008, so you know he was already enjoyed at the Wanye Manor and Acne Treatment Centre.

Anyone looking to donate can email the family for more information at maddoxflynntrustfund@hotmail.com

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#1 Harlie
May 25 2010, 10:31PM
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well done...tip of the hat to Brule and you for mentioning him again. Get well Maddox!

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#2 The Towel Boy
May 25 2010, 10:32PM
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I just taped a cutout face of Brule on the my life sized Souray poster I have on the back of my bedroom door.

*swoon*

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#3 Tha Legion
May 25 2010, 10:54PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

I just taped a cutout face of Brule on the my life sized Souray poster I have on the back of my bedroom door.

*swoon*

That's very funny lol

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#4 Travis Dakin
May 25 2010, 11:04PM
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Tha Legion wrote:

That's very funny lol

It's not as funny when you realize it used to be a poster of Souray on his door.... and he had the door knob removed.

Not as funny but damn sexy!

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#5 The Towel Boy
May 25 2010, 11:16PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

It's not as funny when you realize it used to be a poster of Souray on his door.... and he had the door knob removed.

Not as funny but damn sexy!

Just cuz you have room envy doesn't mean you have to make fun of my room! It was YOUR idea to remove the door knob anyways.

*goes back to playing Super Mario Bros. 3 (I just got the 2nd warp whistle...Bowser is MINE!!)*

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#6 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
May 26 2010, 03:59AM
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Wow. For someone who is one of the lowest paid Oilers (and NHLers at that) and one of the youngest to boot, this is a real special thing. Shows some real maturity. I'd be willing to bet 99% of the other NHLers in this situation would most likely have spent the money on another trip to Hawaii.

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#7 Dave
May 26 2010, 08:58AM
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Nice to see an Oiler show that type of character.

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#8 The Fish
May 26 2010, 10:09AM
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Great job Brule. I know for a fact that Jason Strudwick and his wife spend alot of time down at the Stollery as well. Apparently JF Jacques does as well. There are players on the team, I've been told, that could care less about charities. i.e Smid.

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#9 Mark
May 26 2010, 10:32AM
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That a boy Gilbert. Classy moves like this make the world and Edmonton a better place to be. The news should cover stories like this and stop focusing on all the negative stuff.

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#10 Senator Theo
May 26 2010, 11:32AM
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As an Oiler fan, this is something that you can smile about in an otherwise terrible year. Good for you Gilbert.

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#11 Eddie Shore
May 26 2010, 11:46AM
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Give him the C.

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#12 not kevin nealon
May 26 2010, 09:30PM
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I loved Gilbert before. Now I love him even more. Good on ya.

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#13 hemi
May 27 2010, 06:02AM
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Yes indeed, a feel-good story that actually has some conviction to it. A most worthy donation which definitely shows the character of the man. When all is said and done, a man is judged on his character more than anything else in life. Good on you Brule!

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