Quote from Doug Harvey when he was an assistant coach of the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association. He was speaking at a service club dinner in Houston and came out with…. “You goddamned dumb Texans, you wouldn’t understand this complicated game anyway.”
Doug may have had some problems (he was bipolar, which led to a drinking problem and some unusual behaviour), but he was one of the greatest players ever, a defenceman who controlled the play, who was loved by his teammates, and is generally regarded as the best blueliner ever, next to Bobby Orr.
Doug Harvey was and remains a big hero of mine. He passed away in 1989, and I hope his name is never forgotten as older fans fade away and new fans pick up the torch.
Doug loved his fans. His son, Doug Jr., told me a few years ago that when he was a kid, he would go to games with his mother and she would get angry with her husband because they had to wait around so long after games as he continued to sign autographs.
Young Doug had to get up early in the morning for school and she wanted to get home. But Doug Sr. made sure everyone who asked, got his autograph.