Youth Recipient (2012)
“Earl had and unbelievable spirit that allowed him to battle through a long list of challenges that most of us are fortunate to never know.”
Detroit Red Wings Coach, Mike Babcock
Born prematurely with a number of health challenges and diagnosed in 2007 with bone cancer, Earl Cook overcame considerable adversities to lend his life to inspiring others. A sought after young speaker, he delivered messages about the affects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and generated interest in the Terry Fox Foundation through speaking engagements at over 50 schools. His irresistible optimism joined with his love of sports led him to become an honourary coach for the Detroit Red Wings as well as a team motivator for Winnipeg Blue Bombers. As a true sports enthusiast he also won a provincial gold medal with the Special Olympics floor hockey team, coached a girl’s hockey team and was a team encourager for a local men’s hockey team. Most recently he was chosen by the NHL Alumni Association to be a recipient of the 2011 Ace Bailey Award for Courage. Earl passed away on September 18, 2011.