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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JULY 3, 2015 i' HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by RichardPre s t Bobby Has Gone Fishing ... Joe Louis Irish J3illy McClusky Photo taken at the New Garden Gym in 1968. Ring 4 Hall of Fame member Irish Billy McClusky, 72, answered his. fi- nal bell on June 19, 2015 at his home in Billerica. He and his wife Nancy were happily married for 55 years and raised eight children. During his boxing career, he was trained by the legendary AI Clemente. Billy fought in the New England area in the late 1960s and early 1970s and retired with a very respectable record of 20 wins (I0 by knockout), 3 losses and I draw. He defeated Marcelino Alicia, Ivelaw Eastman, and Jimmy Jaynes. He lost a ten-round decision to New England Lightweight Champion Beau Jaynes. After retiring from boxing, Billy joined the Everett Police Department where he served with distinction. Rest in Peace J Free Sunscreen Dispensers Coming Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a joint partner- ship with the Melanoma Foundation of. New England (MFNE), Make Big Change (MBC) and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to provide free sunscreen dispensers in public parks in the City of Boston. Boston will be the first major city in the Northeast to initiate this program, currently in effect in Miami Beach, Florida. The partner- ship will begin with a pilot program of 30 sun- screen dispensers in five city parks, and may lead to a widespread installation throughout Boston, depend- ing on the success of the program. "Preventing skin cancer is a public health imperative," said Mayor Walsh. "Strategi- cally placed sunscreen dis- pensers offer the public an easy preventive measure to avoid sun overexposure. We are proud to be the first Northeast city to pilot this program and thank MFNE and MBC for stepping for- ward as partners." The dispensers will ini- tially be placed in Millen- nium Park, West Roxbury; Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain; the Boston "Common; Christopher Columbus Park, North End; and East Boston Stadium and Memorial Park, East Boston. Th6 sunscreen dispensers offered by MFNE and MBC are weather resistant and low maintenance, and hold all-natural SPF-30 sun- screen, which is safe for people age 6 months and up. All of the ingredients will be printed on the machines upon installation, and are available upon request. MFNE will subsidize the cost and procurement of the sunscreen dispensers at no cost to taxpayers through private and corporate spon- sorship donations, and funds raised by MFNE's Running for Cover, one of the Boston Athletic Association's Offi- cial Charity Teams for the 2015 Boston Marathon. MFNE will also use this plat- form to expand their year- round public education programs aimed at mela- to Boston Parks noma prevention and detec- tion. Since 2014, MBC has worked to place sunscreen- dispensing devices across high-traffic areas in New Hampshire, including public parks and beaches. "Skin cancer and mela- noma are among the most prevalent cancers," said City Councilor Matt O'Malley, who first proposed a citywide sunscreen initiative. "They're also among the most preventable. I am proud to partner with Mayor Walsh and the Melanoma Foundation of New England to provide sunscreen dis- pensers to residents and tourists, as well as increase awareness of the impor- tance of protecting your skin. Once again, Boston will lead the way." "We know that ff used cor- rectly, sunscreen decreases the risk of skin cancer," said Deb Girard, Executive Direc- tor of MFNE. "We are thrilled to be working with the City of Boston and Make Big Change to make these units (Continued on Page 14) DECLARATIONS OF DOOM WAY TOO SOON -- For weeks media members speculated on what they considered to be the desired outcome: that the Celtics and Bruins would somehow and in some way package some of their re- spective draft picks and offer them in deals to move up higher in the first round of the selection process. The NBA Draft took place first, a day ahead of the NHL version. Though the two share some similar features, they are different in signifi- cant ways. For the NBA Draft, the front office personnel for all 30 teams remain in their respective cities, merely communicating their picks to NBA Draft headquarters which this year was at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn the home of the Brooklyn Nets. For the Celtics, that meant that GM Danny Ainge, Head Coach Brad Stevens, the scouts and team owners op- erated out of a self-declared "war room" at the Seaport Hotel, while season ticket holders partied in a much larger room nearby. That also meant that there were no communications in person with any of the other 29 teams or with the NBA Draft headquarters. All were conducted by phone or com- puter. The upside to "staying local" is that team executives can address the fans in per- son and that many more re- gional media representatives can cover the team on draft night since no significant travel or other expenses are involved. The downside is that the team executives lack that in- person communication with their counterparts from the other NBA teams. However, when the front of- fice executives and coaching staffs from all 30 NHL teams converge for the NHL Draft, in-person meetings are ex- actly what take place. Want to talk to that GM about a pos- sible trade? He's right over there, just a couple of tables away. Both can take a long walk together down the hall for a "coffee break" and a face- to-face discussion -- some- thing that could never hap- pen at the NBA Draft. That's why we prefer the way the NHL conducts its draft, which was held in Sun- rise, Florida this year. It still provides the opportunity for confidential, in-person dis- cussions about sensitive matters, a method of conduct- ing business that is much preferred to one that relies solely on communicating via electronic devices. As we all know, neither the Celtics nor the Bruins really moved up high enough in their respective drafts to have the chance to select a top 10 player. Thus, a reader of the daily media (whether in print or online) might have thought the world was ending. Well, it didn't. Yes the Bru- ins traded Milan Lucic a move that first was specu- lated on in the press box dur- ing the latter part of the regu- lar season. There really wasn't much of a surprise there. They also walked away from defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who was traded and promptly signed a $34.5 million deal with Calgary. Say what you will, but some of these negotiations are similar to exploring the real estate market. Dougie Hamilton's services were for sale, much like a home on the market. The potential buyers (the Bruins) made an offer. That offer was rejected by the seller (Hamilton and his agent). Thus, the poten- tial buyers (the Bruins), rather than offering more money, walked away. We remember reading once that all potential home buy- ers had to be prepared to walk away from a home they liked, simply because of the owner's refusal to come down in price. So, too, in this case. The Bru- ins extended an offer, the Hamilton camp declined it and so the B's front office executives traded him to Calgary and moved on. Did the Bruins want Hamilton? Yes, they did. How do we know that? They made him an offer. He declined to accept so the Bruins moved on --just like home buyers who move on to consider other houses after their offer on the home they wanted was not accepted by the seller. And just like a home on the open market, although one set of buyers moved on, oth- ers arrived and were willing to pay the price and so the home is theirs. Welcome to Calgary, Dougie. The Flames met your price. Dougie Hamilton and his agent had a perfect right to set a price for his services. The Bruins had a perfect right to make an offer. When the Hamilton camp would not budge, the Bruins put the defenseman in the rear view mirror. There is one other dimen- sion -- the term of the con- tract. Hamilton's contract with Calgary is for six years. Does anyone really know how good any athlete will be six years from now?. No one can foretell the future. There's a lot of hope hanging on a $34.5 million wager, particu- larly the six-year term of it- a bet that the Bruins were not willing to make. A more telling indicator of the future direction may be the acquisition of Zac Rinaldo, an enforcer who previously played with Philadelphia. Former GM Peter Chiarelli cut loose Shawn Thornton last summer. Thus, there was no one who filled that role last season. New Bruins GM Don Sweeney, speaking with the Globe, noted that the B's "wanted a little more energy. I talked ab.out playing with a little more energy in our lineup and he's ready-made in that regard. He's a player that's still young (25) and he plays with a tremendous amount of courage." It sounds like the 2015- 2016 season has the potential to be an interesting one.