Family's pain has not faded

Updated: September 7, 2012, 9:42 AM ET
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com

NORTHVILLE, Mich. -- There's no way he would have approved. No way. Brad McCrimmon was many things, as reliable a defenseman as there was in hockey during his playing days. A stern, yet encouraging, coach who constantly looked for ways to improve every player on his team.

But first and foremost, he was a dad. A protective one.

When it came to his stance on tattoos, he made it abundantly clear to his kids: They weren't allowed. His rule even came with a threat.

If his ...

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