Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Darryl Sittler Recalls Playing Michael Burgess Song in His Wife's Last Moments

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Darryl Sittler Recalls Playing Michael Burgess Song in His Wife's Last Moments

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Darryl Sittler remembers Michael Burgess's friendship

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TORONTO - Among the legions of music fans touched by Michael Burgess's powerful voice is retired NHL player Darryl Sittler.

The former Toronto Maple Leafs captain said Tuesday that he got to know the late theatre star through charity events and hockey tours with other retired players, and added that Burgess was an ardent sports fan who would join the old-timers on the ice -- in addition to singing the opening anthem and belting out tunes during intermissions.

Burgess died Monday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70.

Sittler said they grew especially close when his wife Wendy was diagnosed with cancer.

Burgess, who became a theatre star through his turn as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables," gave Wendy some of his CDs and DVDs. His song "I Love You Forever" became a favourite.

While remembering Burgess's talent and friendship, Sittler recalled the day his wife died:

"It was Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. …

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