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deltachi8
01-18-2006, 01:08 PM
Just thought I would pass this on, I got a kick out of it this morning. Danny Gare was doing his weekly radio show this morning and told a story about playing with Gretzky while trying out for the Canada Cup team in 85 or so.

Gare was battling for a roster spot and Canada was playing the Russians in an exhibition. Tied 2-2 in the third, Gare was sent out on a line with Gretzky with a faceoff in the Russian zone.

Before the faceoff, Gretzky went to Gare and told him the Russian Golatender (Tretyak?) was out challenging Gretzky high each time he had the puck. Go set up to the side, I'll win the draw and get the puck to you.

Gretzky wins the draw, the goalie comes out on him, he feathers a pass over to Gare who has an open net, Gare hits the crossbar and the puck lands out of play. Gare skates off swearing at himself for missing the open net.

They get to the bench and Gretzky leans over to Gare and say "Sorry about that pass." Gare looks at him in disbelief and Gretzky went on to say the puck fluttered off his stick and went at a 60 degree angle, etc, etc.

Gare looked back at him, still not believing that Wayne was apologizing to him and said "Don't let it (expletive) happen again."

Funny story, and shows the perfectionist of Gretzky. Just wanted to share.

westofyou
01-18-2006, 01:22 PM
Funny story, and shows the perfectionist of Gretzky. Just wanted to share.

Thanks, last night the Canes and the Flyers were in a shootout and Ray Whitney was bantering with a Flyers fan about the location he was going to go on the net, the fan indicated that he would blow it and should go high.... Ray nodded and thumbed up the guy.

Then he did just that.

RedFanAlways1966
01-18-2006, 01:27 PM
Great story, delta. Nice to read that in what seems to be a T.O.-type sports world at times.

The Great One nickname seems to mean more than just a great hockey player.

:thumbup:

Redsland
01-18-2006, 01:29 PM
I went to school with Rob Blake, who skated on Gretzky's line as a rookie and for years thereafter.

"The Great One" wasn't 19 anymore and had already stamped his ticket to the HoF, but he never stopped working. After all, he was Dave Taylor's Assistant Captain. ;)

westofyou
01-18-2006, 01:31 PM
I went to school with Rob Blake, who skated on Gretzky's line as a rookie and for years thereafter.Of the Aves?

He's a defensmen... damn good too.

Redsland
01-18-2006, 01:32 PM
The same. BGSU alum.

Sean_CaseyRules
01-18-2006, 05:00 PM
That was a great story, thanks for sharing Deltachi8!

gonelong
01-18-2006, 05:07 PM
The same. BGSU alum.

Yep, I was at BGSU the same time frame.

GL

Redsland
01-18-2006, 05:15 PM
Then the name "Nelson Emerson" should stir warm memories, as well.

:beerme:

Heath
01-18-2006, 08:52 PM
Then the name "Nelson Emerson" should stir warm memories, as well.

:beerme:


He was a former Hartford Whaler....sigh...

I loved the Whale.

Redsland
01-18-2006, 10:28 PM
He'll always be a St.L. Blue to me. They're the ones who drafted the little guy.

Feeling nostalgic, I dropped by the BG web site today. I was shocked and saddened to hear that Marc Potvin was found dead last week at 38.

He was a god to every hockey loving fool at BG, and that pretty much described everyone I knew.

M2
01-19-2006, 12:24 AM
I got but three words to say about Bowling Green hockey -

George Freakin' McPhee

M2
01-19-2006, 12:59 AM
On a completely separate note, I just learned that the 1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers had, in addition to team star Robbie Ftorek, a trio of kids named Mike Liut, Mike Gartner and Mark Messier.

Great teams have been built around less.

westofyou
01-19-2006, 01:04 AM
On a completely separate note, I just learned that the 1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers had, in addition to team star Robbie Ftorek, a trio of kids named Mike Liut, Mike Gartner and Mark Messier.

Great teams have been built around less.Loved that team, I had season tickets.

Bill DeWitt Jr. owned the Stingers and the facility too.

gonelong
01-19-2006, 10:13 AM
Then the name "Nelson Emerson" should stir warm memories, as well.

:beerme:

I have been told I am a fool, but I didn't attend a single hockey game in the 5 years I was at BGSU. I have total apathy towards hockey.

I preferred to follow the football, basketball, and club rugby teams. I knew 4-5 guys on the football team, just liked basketball, and knew about a donzen guys on the rugby team so I had some rooting interest there.

But, I read the school newspaper every day, so I know who Nelson Emerson was/is.

GL

Heath
01-19-2006, 02:19 PM
Loved that team, I had season tickets.

Bill DeWitt Jr. owned the Stingers and the facility too.

IMO...if they had gotten into that WHA "merger of 4" with the NHL - the Stingers would have been a Stanley Cup winner.

Now, time to back off my meds.

BTW - Brief Hockey History - only one of the 4 WHA teams are still in place -Edmonton- The other three have been moved to other cities.

Heath
01-19-2006, 02:23 PM
On a completely separate note, I just learned that the 1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers had, in addition to team star Robbie Ftorek, a trio of kids named Mike Liut, Mike Gartner and Mark Messier.

Great teams have been built around less.

Don't forget Barry Melrose!! :D

Redsland
01-19-2006, 03:53 PM
I have been told I am a fool, but I didn't attend a single hockey game in the 5 years I was at BGSU.
You're a fool. ;)

M2
01-19-2006, 04:13 PM
Don't forget Barry Melrose!! :D

Also on that team was Rick Dudley, who played regularly in the NHL before and after his WHA stint. Tough guy defenseman Bryan Watson made the Stingers his last stop that season. Forwards Peter Marsh and Jamie Hislop played the next five seasons in the NHL. In for a cup of coffee was Gerry Meehan (he hired Dudley), who went on to GM the Sabres, siging Alex Mogilny and trading for some spastic Czech goalie named Hasek along the way.

I don't know who was running the player operation with the Stingers that season (some guy named Ryan did after the WHA folded and Jacques Demers coached them the year before), but whoever it was had an eagle eye for hockey talent, brought a lot of good and bright people through the door.

I suspect if the Stingers had been one of the clubs absorbed into the NHL they'd have made a fast transition like the Nordiques did and then risen up as a legitimate title contender in the '80s like the Oilers did.

Caveat Emperor
01-19-2006, 04:40 PM
IMO...if they had gotten into that WHA "merger of 4" with the NHL - the Stingers would have been a Stanley Cup winner.

Now, time to back off my meds.

BTW - Brief Hockey History - only one of the 4 WHA teams are still in place -Edmonton- The other three have been moved to other cities.

I also imagine that if the Stingers had made it into the NHL as part of the merger, they'd be one of the teams that ended up in another part of the country.

I just don't see Cincinnati as a market that can sustain a professional hockey franchise given the direction and pricing the NHL took through the late 80s and the 90s.

westofyou
01-19-2006, 04:46 PM
I just don't see Cincinnati as a market that can sustain a professional hockey franchise given the direction and pricing the NHL took through the late 80s and the 90s.That's why DeWitt took the buyout, the seats were more empty than full back then.

M2
01-19-2006, 05:21 PM
That's why DeWitt took the buyout, the seats were more empty than full back then.

Those were rough years for much of the NHL too. On the other side of the state the Cleveland Barons laid an egg (the Stingers probably had a better team).

Heath
01-19-2006, 06:49 PM
See, that would have been some type of marketing job that could have been done, if and ONLY if, the Stingers stayed in town.

There would have been no Blue Jackets or anything like that. Riverfront would have to have went over some major remodeling project.

I think the City would have taken the Stingers under their wings. Especially if they were winning.

deltachi8
01-19-2006, 07:05 PM
who went on to GM the Sabres, siging Alex Mogilny and trading for some spastic Czech goalie named Hasek along the way.



I'm pretty sure it was Muckler that aquired Hasek from Chicago. I could be wrong though...

M2
01-20-2006, 10:57 AM
I'm pretty sure it was Muckler that aquired Hasek from Chicago. I could be wrong though...

Meehan was the Sabres GM from 12/2/86 to 7/30/93. Hasek was acquired on 8/7/92.

deltachi8
01-20-2006, 03:50 PM
My time line was off M2...I remember Muckler talking about Wayne Presley who the Sabres had acquired from Chicago recomending a trade for Hasek.

M2
01-20-2006, 08:21 PM
My time line was off M2...I remember Muckler talking about Wayne Presley who the Sabres had acquired from Chicago recomending a trade for Hasek.

Muckler coached the Sabres for two seasons before he became the GM, which I think is why he sometimes gets credit for it. To his credit he did elevate the Dominator over Grant Fuhr and Darren Puppa. Of course, being a Rangers fan I'm not inclined to say many nice things about John Muckler.

deltachi8
01-20-2006, 10:24 PM
He had little chocie in a way. Fuhr was hurt and Hasek came in and played out of his mind. I was a Fuhr fan and thought it was a mistake to stick with Hasek - shows how much I know/knew.

I went to the last game that year and saw Fuhr play i think was his last game for the Sabres.

I hope I am not wrong this time around about Sabre net minders as I have been pimping Ryan Miller since he was drafted.

M2
01-21-2006, 12:14 AM
Speaking of the Sabres, how awesome is Chris Drury? He's probably my favorite player in the league. Nice to see him teamed up with his ex-B.U. running mate Mike Grier as well.