‘It was an honour’: Six Nations veteran recognized by Toronto Maple Leafs

Welby ‘Ike” Isaacs had a chance to meet Brendan Shanahan as part of Indigenous Veterans Day ceremonies held by the Maple Leafs.on November 9. (Photo courtesy Bruce Patterson)

It will be a day that will live long in the memory of Welby ‘Ike’ Isaacs. On Monday night, the 82-year-old veteran from Six Nations of the Grand River was recognized as part of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Remembrance Day and Indigenous Veteran’s Day ceremonies. “It was great,” said Ike. “I really enjoyed it.” Ike says he, along with veterans John Cunningham and Peter O’Reilly, were given a first-class treatment with an escorted entry, dinner and red carpet on the ice for pre-game ceremonies. Ike was recognized for his service, including two years in Germany during the Cold War, a year on a peacekeeping missing with the United Nations in Egypt and his time with the Royal Canadian Dragoons Armoured Corps. “This goes back to when I was 17 when…

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