Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford elected to Hockey Hall of Fame board of directors

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Rob Ford is bringing his unique brand of governance to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Toronto City Councillor - and former mayor - was elected to the museum's board of directors during a meeting in March. Fellow Councillors Mark Grimes and Stephen Holyday were also chosen to join the board.

Ford will not be involved in the Hall of Fame's induction process, but he believes he can use his experience as a hockey fan to help promote the game.

"When people call me they know they're getting someone that's experienced," he told The Canadian Press on Saturday. "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."

Ford is battling cancer and will undergo surgery to remove a tumor in May, but he insists his seat on the Hockey Hall of Fame board of directors will be more than a ceremonial one.

"Some people like the prestige of it, I like the action. I like rolling up my sleeves and showing up to meetings and getting it done," he said. "What I don't like is when people sign up and want to go to these boards and commissions and they don't show up."