On the heels of happy news comes sad word that Dave Fay, longtime Caps' beat writer for the Washington Times, passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. You didn't have to agree with him to know that Fay loved the game and was truly an institution in this city - and with his induction this fall into the Hockey Hall of Fame, an institution in the game itself.
The proof of his strength of character truly lies in the kind, heartfelt words that have been spilling out from those who knew him and those who spent their time working, laughing, and disagreeing with him, either in person or in print:
I'm sure in the next few days we'll see even more tributes to this Washington icon - because even though at times he picked on our team, he was for many years the only one who cared. It is a life tragically cut too short and he will truly be missed.
One final tap of the stick to a legend...R.I.P., Dave.
Update: This seems as good a time as any to plug a few charitable causes dedicated to stamping out this horrible disease that has affected so many lives. Take your pick and make a donation or two...or ten - just remember that every little bit helps.