Close Encounters

Mike and Big M

You go to a Canadian Tire in Toronto to buy a table and chairs and you run into one of the greatest players ever, Frank Mahovlich, who was also shopping and who knows a thing or two about playing the Bruins.

That’s what happened to my old buddy Mike Williamson the other day in outdoor patio and accessories. Frank and Mike talked about what a great series it’s been this year along with other things, and then Frank was off to buy his garden tools or whatever it was he went to Canadian Tire for.

Frank knows a thing or two about playing the Bruins. He was a standout in the 1971 Habs-Bruins semi-finals for example when Montreal took out the heavily-favoured Bruins four games to three.

Frank in those ’71 playoffs scored seven of Montreal’s 27 goals against the Bruins and led all players in the playoffs with 27 points to set a Canadiens record.

Twenty-seven points in the playoffs is amazing. P.K. would need 16 more to equal that but if the Canadiens can carry on and P.K. continues to shine, maybe he could sneak up and catch Mahovlich. Wouldn’t that be something?

This is the third time Mike has run into a player while shopping. He also chatted with Darryl Sittler and Eddie Shack at different times. But, like Mike said, it’s better when it’s an ex-Hab like the Big M.

Frank was also wearing a huge mother of a Stanley Cup ring on his finger. But if he wanted, he could wear six after winning four with the Leafs and two with the Canadiens.

I’m now curious to know who the next player Mike’s going to meet while out and about. Chances are it won’t be Brad Marchand at a library.





7 thoughts on “Close Encounters”

  1. Hahaha…I always enjoy your blog , but I particularly enjoy the references to Brad Marchand. I wonder if he follows your blog? I sure hope so 🙂

  2. Dennis, THIS could be a good omen for tonight’s game:

    On this day in Habs history, May 10, 1979

    “Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side…”

  3. Danno, you use that line regularly—-” Lafluer coming out rather gingerly”—I’m curious as to your thoughts of THAT game or play or the call of Danny Gallivan. I’m amused at the choice of “gingerly”, it led to a nightmare for Boston and every body & everything related to the Bruins! Any way, just trying to pick some memories from you. Thanks.

  4. Dennis, don’t rouse the neighbors tonight during the intensity of the game, and have mercy on your cat. Enjoy the game and I’ll be watching for some birds over my house!! GO ELLAR. Go # 22—ah !!just GO HABS

  5. I am the eternal optimist Peter,

    Why is this becoming bad deja vu Dennis?

    We need some words of encouragement…

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