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Sheldon Kennedy gets deed to ranch for kids

June 6, 1997

CRANBROOK, British Columbia (AP) _ Vancouver businessman Steven Funk handed over the deed to 650 acres to Boston Bruins forward Sheldon Kennedy on Friday, bringing a ranch for sexually abused youngsters a step closer.

Kennedy, who last season went public about years of sexual abuse by former junior coach Graham James, said everything is beginning to come together, including the board of directors, for the ranch near Radium, in the mountainous Kootenay region about 150 miles southwest of Calgary, Alberta.

``We got Bobby Orr, guys like Phil Esposito, Eric Lindros, Joe Sakic, they’ll be visiting out here quite a bit, so I’m looking forward to it,″ Kennedy said. ``I think it will be very worthwhile for all the communities around as well as the ranch.″

Kennedy said he wanted to create the ranch soon after going public about the abuse by James, the former Swift Current Broncos coach who is serving a 3 1/2-year prison term for assaulting Kennedy and another former player.

Funk is chairman of Canadian Maple Leaf Financial Corp.

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