Sunday, March 12, 2006


Farewell to the real Shaky

Veteran Toronto sports columnist Jim "Shaky" Hunt died earlier this week after suffering a heart attack. He was 79.

Hunt spent some 50 years on the sports beat, covering Stanley Cups, the Masters, U.S. Opens, Canadian Opens, British Opens, Super Bowls, Olympics and the 1972 Canada-Russia series.

The columnist attended every Grey Cup game between 1949 and 1999. He started a tradition in 1970s, at the press conference with coaches, by asking whether the coach allows sex before the big game. That was his thing and when he stopped attending in 1999, another reporter continued the tradition.

Hunt was known as Shaky thanks to his intramural goaltending career at the University of Western Ontario, where he was part of the school's first journalism graduating class.

Shaky co-hosted, in the 1990s, with Bob McCowen, on the Fan Sports Radio and left a obvious impression during my first round in Toronto. He always provided excellent insight and had a strong personality.
He will be missed.

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