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Rob Ford's New Gig: Former Toronto Mayor Gets Seat on Hockey HOF Board

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By    |   Monday, 06 Apr 2015 01:59 PM

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been appointed to Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum's board of directors.

"I've got season tickets to the Leafs and I'm obsessed with hockey and obviously football, but hockey's my number one sport and I'm going to try to just keep pushing it," he said after this week's announcement, referring to Toronto's NHL team.

The city of Toronto has the ability to nominate and elect up to three individuals to the 18-member board, and Ford will be accompanied by two other new appointees.

The Associated Press reported via ESPN that Ford has had a number of ups and downs in recent years, and that in addition to being appointed to the hall's board, he will undergo cancer surgery on May 11.

Ford became a worldwide sensation in 2013 after he admitted he'd smoked crack cocaine. Some called on him to resign after the revelation, however he refused, noting that he hadn't been convicted of any crime.

In 2014, he was diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. This forced him out of the re-election race for mayor in September, however he ran for his old city council seat instead and won.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy have apparently now shrunk a tumor in Ford's abdomen to a size that doctors can perform surgery on.

"It feels like I've got a thousand pounds off my back, I can obviously think a lot clearer now because when you don't know whether you're going to live or die it's not a very good feeling and I was thinking that every night," he said in reference to his upcoming surgical treatment.

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