After more than 40 years in the hockey business from building five OHL championship teams, to six Memorial Cup appearances, to winning medals at the world junior championship, to a stint as the assistant general manager of the Quebec Nordiques Sherwood (Sherry) Bassin has been witness to the development and emergence of some of the biggest names in the game.

Still the hockey lifer runs out of superlatives when asked to describe the 15-year-old phenom skating for his Erie Otters this season.

Look, there are so many positive things to say about the kid that Id need a dictionary in front of me to use all the terms, he said. Ive been around a lot of good players the Sakics, the Sundins, the Yzermans so Id never want to be disrespectful to those guys, but Connor McDavid is one of the most special players Ive ever seen.

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