Some say Dan Lucas, left, was the best player ever to come out of Powell River, and that’s saying a lot because there’s something in the water here that produces world-class athletes. We’ve a captain of the Canadian National soccer team; an ex-Olympian track star; Roy Gerela – once a kicker for the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers; now-deceased Gary Lupul, who played for the Vancouver Canucks; Micah Aivazoff, who was with Detroit and Edmonton; Brad Bombardir won a Stanley Cup in New Jersey and went on to the Minnesota Wild; plus all kinds of junior stars and ex-pros from a variety of sports. Powell River also wins its share of provincial championships, and the Powell River Regals have won the Allan Cup three times.
But Lucas is right up there. His problem was he was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970’s when they were the Broad St. Bullies, and Lucas didn’t play this rough-tough style at all. He had lots of skill, just not the ambition to play that certain style. He would’ve been much better off elsewhere, like Montreal, but the Habs were so strong back then he might not have had much of a chance anyway.
This is him when he played for the Sault Greyhounds. One linemate named Gretzky went on to a fairly substantial NHL career. No idea about Paul Mancini.
Lucas ended up living in Maine, and married a Miss Maine. In my book, that’s pretty good consolation for not being a Broad St. Bully.