CJAD's Michael Farber to take medical leave

Posted By: Abe Hefter · 3/14/2011 5:15:00 PM
CJAD's Michael Farber, lead hockey writer for Sports Illustrated, informed CJAD listeners this morning that he will be taking a medical leave of absence.
Michael says he hopes to be back in the saddle in time for the Stanley Cup Final.
Farber, honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame and a member of the hall's selection committee, has been a contributor to the CJAD Morning Show for 20 years, this month.
We encourage you to leave your messages of support for Michael.

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  1. Lissa Albert posted on 03/14/2011 08:54 AM
    Wishing Michael the very very best in his recovery, I'm pulling for him. One of the most sensible, analytic, and downright "RIGHT" voices of hockey I've ever followed. Love you Mike!!
  2. Mrs. Burnie Samoszewski posted on 03/14/2011 09:09 AM
    Good morning to you, I heard the news this morning and it made me cry, I have never met Michael or ever spoken to him but have heard him on the radio give us his feeling s about a habs game and keeping us up to date with whats happening in the sports world. What I want to say is that I am saddened to hear about what Michael has but please know that I will keep him in prayer and will make sure I let the folks at my church lift him up and his family....I love you Michael and know that you have a special place in our hearts.....
  3. Arthur Kalbarczyk posted on 03/14/2011 09:26 AM
    I am sure, you Michael, will make it, just fine.... stay positive and you should keep working (if you can). I will pray for you !
  4. Brian Caldwell posted on 03/14/2011 09:27 AM
    I wish him well. One of the few sane voices in sports
  5. Eleanor Croll and Brian Stewart posted on 03/14/2011 09:50 AM
    Wishing you well and are hoping you will be back as good as new. Our thoughts will be with you for good health and long life. CJAD,our favourite radio station ever.
  6. Stephen Spreekmeester posted on 03/14/2011 10:07 AM
    Dear Michael, My prayers are with you and your Family. We can hear everyday on radio and through your reporting that you are a strong person, and have everything in you to do what it takes to F cancer! Be strong and healthy!
  7. Frank Graziano posted on 03/14/2011 10:48 AM
    Hey Michael, I heard the news this morning on CJAD. I was shocked and saddened about your health news. I wish you all the best and will keep you in my prayers !!! Stay positive and strong!!
  8. Ibrahim Imiru posted on 03/14/2011 11:35 AM
    I was saddened when I heard the news about Michael Farber, but I'm optimistic that he'll make a full recovery. I've been reading his work since the 1980s when he was at The Gazette, and it was with great pride that I watched him ascend to the heights of the sports journalism profession. Mend up, and hope to see you back soon!
  9. James posted on 03/14/2011 11:49 AM
    I was listening to the radio this morning and almost started crying when I heard your sad news. Had to compose myself as my two young sons were in the car. Be brave, Michael, I love listening to you and have been reading your articles even before you joined SI.
  10. Ken Chevrier posted on 03/14/2011 11:57 AM
    You can't begin to imagine how many people were stunned by your news this morning, and sat in complete silence listening to your every word. We will all be praying for you, as we wait to hear you, once again, on CJAD. We always looked forward to your insightful comments every morning on CJAD, hoping to hear that OUR views matched YOURS. As one of the well wishers wrote, "One of the most sensible, analytical and downright "RIGHT" voices", which sums it up perfectly. Stay strong, knowing that there are many, many people in Montreal and elsewhere who are in your corner to stay.
  11. Nick posted on 03/14/2011 12:38 PM
    Your a fighter Mike,,,,this is just one more fight you will win !!!!!!!!!!
  12. Suzanne Colivas posted on 03/14/2011 01:12 PM
    Dear Michael, I was stunned this morning when I heard you talk about your health. This is the fight of your life, fight it hard and never give up, you are not alone, we need you, we miss you already, so hurry and get well fast.
  13. James posted on 03/14/2011 01:42 PM
    To add to my comment at 11:48am, I was driving in front of my church on my way to work when I heard the news. My prayers are with you, Michael.
  14. Eric Holm posted on 03/14/2011 02:56 PM
    Like many others, I've never met Michael Farber, but like these many others, I've come to know him thru his numerous interventions on CJAD, I really enjoy his comments, I appreciate his expertise, opinion and professionalism. I sincerely wish him a full and speedy recovery.
  15. Rick Moffat posted on 03/14/2011 03:44 PM
    Michael, in a world of so-called "all-talk, no action" your work has always been an example of thoughtful, emotional, witty action through the power of words. The power of your thoughts, the power of the mind. You have always been an inspiration to me, the reason I always wanted to be a sportwriter ever since I realized my street-hockey "career" outside my house in Lachine wouldn't get me to the NHL. I hope you feel the strength and support of all your fans, your listeners, your readers and a struggling middle-aged goalie who never dreamed that one day he'd so blessed to consider you friend and colleague. Hockey needs your voice and your thoughts and your reason and your wit more than ever. Get well soon.
  16. Barry Morgan posted on 03/14/2011 04:08 PM
    Michael, I've been reading your work going back many years to your days with The Gazette. I've always enjoyed your points of view and your insight. You often look at a story from angles many people never consider. Whether it's hockey or baseball or football, your depth of knowledge and passion have been evident for years. My family and I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to hearing you again on the air.
  17. Mark Shalhoub posted on 03/14/2011 04:42 PM
    Michael, you are the voice of reason, a fabulous raconteur and a pleasure to have as part of our CJAD family. You are truly a great Montrealer and a great Canadian that we look forward to having back on the air when you win this battle. My family and I wish you all the best. God bless you.
  18. Nancy posted on 03/14/2011 04:52 PM
    I was saddened to hear your news this morning...my heart goes out to you and so does my optimism. I have know many to fight the battle and win. Looking forward to your return in the fall!
  19. Theresa H. posted on 03/14/2011 05:12 PM
    Our love, thoughts and prayers for Michael as he begins his healing process over the coming weeks. Will miss him but, at the same time, wish him peace, positivity and strength. Praying for a full recovery :-)
  20. Abe Hefter posted on 03/14/2011 05:28 PM
    Michael, I have been blessed to call you a friend and colleague for the better part of 30 years. I can not begin to tell you how much I enjoy our weekday morning chats on CJAD. Your brilliant and elegant insight into the world of sports is matched only by your warmth, your wit, and your sublime sense of humour. I wish you a full and speedy recovery, and I look forward to the day when we can pick up our conversation, where we left off.
  21. Cynthia posted on 03/14/2011 06:19 PM
    Mike, You do not know me but I feel like I know you since I have been listening to your comments on CJAD for many years now. I know cancer: my son was diagnosed at 18, my Dad at 85 (same year). We will send you all our positive thoughts and energy. Please keep smiling. There is hope and light and much love in this world. A Fan.
  22. Judi posted on 03/14/2011 06:32 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family at this difficult time. G_d speed.
  23. JOSEE LAROCQUE posted on 03/14/2011 07:54 PM
    Mr. Farber, I always look forward to your commentary on cjad or tns. I trust what you have to say and will miss you. Wishing you well, Mr. Farber, and you are in my daily prayers.
  24. mike Roza posted on 03/14/2011 08:30 PM
    Our prayers & hugs. We listen to you every morning & for my wife espec., you and Abe are only commentators she hears, We're retired & still get up early enough to hear you with breakfast. We wish you everything well & good. Mike & Roza
  25. Chris Bury posted on 03/14/2011 09:53 PM
    Michael...let me speak for everyone at the station and tell you we're all thinking and praying for you. You are a member of the CJAD family and the morning show will not be complete as long as you're not on it. Fight, and come back as soon as you can.
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