Wren Blair

 January 3, 2013: Regretfully Saginaw Gears Dot Com informs our readers of the passing of Gears founder Wren Blair at his home in Whitby, Ontario at the age of 87. 

I only spoke to Mr. Blair a very few times, but he was always polite and had a warm "How ya' doin'" and a pat on the shoulder- to me, a kid he didn't even know.  In later years I reasoned that Blair was the embodiment of the BUSINESS of hockey. He was the quintessential owner/manager/team maker. His eye for talent, for location and for opportunity was nearly unmatched.

I would advise that everyone read farther in this blog in the area that covers the roots of the Gears and you will get a good snap-shot of Wren Blair.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Simply put, he's the reason hockey came to Saginaw in '72 and indirectly why it's still here. I hope someone in the mainstream hockey media is able to get a quote from Bobby Orr regarding Mr. Blair's passing.

My best memory of Wren Blair is probably that of the owner/GM of the Gears standing on the press box level of Wendler Arena, absolutely screaming his lungs out at Sam Sisco down below, clear enough for everyone to hear.

RIP Wren Blair.