(if you have trouble viewing the video, try watching it here.)
Winnipeg songwriter John K. Samson has been steadily gathering support to get the great First Nations NHL star from Riverton, Manitoba, Reggie “The Riverton Rifle” Leach into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
His song, www.ipeititions.com/petition/rivertonrifle/ written in the form of an online petition, has collected thousands of signatures from people around the world.
On Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, Samson and a choir of his comrades climbed the steps of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto to perform the song for the last time.
They sang and marched en masse into the Hall, and as the final refrain reverberated Samson delivered a bona-fide submission putting forth Reggie Joseph Leach as a candidate eligible for election into honoured membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
We, The Undersigned, a short film by Tim Thompson, documents the extraordinary day.
(My profound thanks to everyone who signed the song/petition, the authors of the letters of support, Epitaph Records Canada, Reggie Leach, and my amazing volunteer choir. And I’m enormously grateful for the countless hours of labour donated by Derek Hogue of Amphibian, Phil Russell of Dozen Able Men, and Tim Thompson of Boundless Productions.)