Finding The Letters, Including Red’s

It’s unbelievable. I was going through a box yesterday and found some letters from the Montreal Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens, which were mostly replies to me about tickets. I thought they were long gone, and in fact it was only recently that I was thinking that I wished I still had some of these.

I’ll show some of these letters over the next while, but for now, I want to focus on one in particular.

In the early 1960’s I was an exhibition game in Peterborough, Ontario between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks, and I approached Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, who were standing by the boards, for autographs. Hull was more than happy to oblige, but Mikita was surly and miserable. I’ve always maintained that he told me to go to hell, but over the years I began to hope that he didn’t really get that harsh, that it was just me, because I was young, making too much of something.

I would like to say this. In no way is this to be taken that Stan Mikita is a bad person. In the beginning he was a little rough, but as the years went by, Mikita became a fine, friendly gentleman, a class act, and a legendary and deserving Hall of Famer.

After this incident in Peterborough, I wrote a letter to Red Fisher at the Montreal Star about it, and this is his reply back to me. I thought it was long gone.

6 thoughts on “Finding The Letters, Including Red’s”

  1. What an amazing find. Maybe, just maybe, the letter was shown to him and this is what caused him to change? Wouldn’t that be mind-blowing?

    Your site is pretty damn cool Dennis. You never know what to expect when you come here and you can never predict what the next post will be. I get such a kick out of that.

    I look forward to seeing more letters!

  2. Dennis,


    I’m picturing Red Fisher now trawling through a basement full of files trying to find your letter.

    It should, of course, be framed on the wall of his office.

  3. Hi Blue Bayou. Finding these letters was a big surprise. And thinking about Red, imagine his life in hockey. Beginning with being there for the Richard Riot in 1955 and covering the Habs all the way through the years. Red’s bigger than life now, and a true legend. I thought it was nice of him to take the time to write to a 12 year old boy.

  4. Just fantastic Dennis!

    And I love how readable Red Fisher’s autograph is and how he signed it with such flair in red ink.

    Very classy of him.

  5. Whoah.

    Very nice. I like how Red took your letter seriously, believed you yet found a way to keep his legendary even keel and objectivity. I wonder if he’ll find the letter. I wonder if he has a huge basement. I wonder if he’d tell me if I asked.

    He usually answers my emails with short but informative phrases. About ten percent of the time, I might not get an answer.

    No Alouette correspondence? Those letters are worth talking about some more. And maybe some more photos of them, too.

    The days of writing letters. Does anyone still do that? I should resume.


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