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Sabres' McCormick helping share Gord Downie's story

Gord Downie had a story to tell. Sabres forward Cody McCormick is helping share it.

McCormick and Mike Downie, brother of the lead singer for the Tragically Hip, will be at North Park Theatre on Friday night for a one-time showing of “The Secret Path.” The animated film, which features music from Gord Downie, tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died from hunger and exposure in 1966 while fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Ontario.

“Chanie’s home was 400 miles away,” the Hip singer said in a statement. “He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor know how to find it, but, like so many kids – more than anyone will be able to imagine – he tried.

“I never knew Chanie, the child his teachers misnamed Charlie, but I will always love him.”

Like Wenjack, McCormick is of First Nations descent (Oneida and Chippewa/Ojibway). Mike Downie is the executive producer of the film, which will be shown at 9:30 p.m. in the Hertel Avenue theatre. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by visiting


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