Fun Canadian Facts – European Discovery

The first Europeans to discover Canada were probably Norsemen in about 1000 A.D. History remembers the Vikings as fierce warriors and skilled seamen who struck fear into the inhabitants of the lands they explored. Canadians remember them as pussies who couldn’t stand the cold and went running home with their hammers between their legs.

In 1497, King Henry VII of England, feeling peckish, sent his Italian courtier Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) — Italians being known to know a thing or two about good food — out to find a snack for him. Cabot got as far as Newfoundland, but said the only thing worth eating was codfish and the English never went inland and discovered the chains of Tim Hortons plaguing Canadian street corners every three blocks.

In 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier, sent out by King Francis after the famed-but-elusive “double double” trumpetted by Marco Polo in his adventures to the Middle Kingdom, got as far as present-day Quebec City, where he had to settle for bringing Francis back some French Fries slathered in cheese curd and gravy.

In 1610, Henry Hudson attempted to establish a nudist colony on the shores of Hudson Bay, only to find the area below freezing eleven months of the year. His disgruntled crew mutinied and dumped him on the shores of James Bay, thereafter travelling to the Caribbean to establish Club Med resorts.

A Hell of a Save

Newfoundland goalie saves collapsed fan before game

By Sarah Doktor, QMI Agency
Monday, November 24, 2014 5:33:52 EST PM

Talk about a save.

Goalie Patrick O’Brien helped revive a fan that had gone into cardiac arrest before a Central-West Senior Hockey League game on Sunday afternoon in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Gander Flyers were set to face the Corner Brook Royals in Gander over the weekend when a fan collapsed in the stands from an apparent cardiac arrest.

O’Brien – who works as a paramedic with the Central Health Authority – raced from the Flyers’ dressing room to assist others tending to the fan while still wearing his skates, hockey pants and one goal pad. He began doing chest compressions on the man who was not breathing and had no pulse.

“I just hopped in and started chest compressions,” O’Brien told The Gander Beacon. “Anyone would have done what I did. I guess it’s just where it was at the rink and I had some of my gear on. But it’s what I do. It happens with some level of regularity [while on duty].”

Gander’s mayor Claude Elliot, a retired paramedic, along with Tom Whalen, a Flyers’ board member and former paramedic, also assisted the man before paramedics arrived. The man was then transferred to Gander’s James Paton Memorial Hospital.

O’Brien thanked the group in a Twitter post.

The goaltender wasn’t rattled by the drama and went on to play 23 minutes.​