My son will be at the Habs-Flames game in Calgary tonight, and I’m glad he’s going. I did my best to teach him to be a strong and faithful Habs fan, and I feel I did my job.
We were at a game at the Saddledome in the early 1990′s and sat down low for the pre-game warmup, just beside the players’ walkway to the dressing room, and when Patrick Roy came off the ice, he gave his stick to a father and son right in front of us. I still haven’t forgiven Patrick for that.
I also can’t believe that tonight neither Mike Cammalleri nor Scott Gomez will be in their respective lineups. Talk about getting ripped off. All those paying customers, shelling out big bucks, and no Gomez and Cammalleri. It’s like seeing the Habs and Detroit in the 1950′s with Rocket Richard and Gordie Howe not playing.
Below is an ad from a 1981 Flames program, with the yet-to-be-built Saddledome. At that time the Flames were still in the old Corral, a place where I finally met and chatted with the Rocket at an oldtimers game in the early nineties. He was the referee that night, and he came out of the dressing room during intermission to say hello. Jimmy Mann had yelled at him that there was somebody out here who wanted to meet him – me. He was as friendly as can be, and truly one of the big moments in my life.