Many of these letters were written to me, while some I collected along the way. If you find these boring, please don’t tell me.
Beginning with –
Red Fisher (1965) (after I complained to him that Stan Mikita swore at me when I asked him for his autograph at a Hawks-Leafs exhibition game in Peterborough during the Leafs training camp).
Phyllis King (1951) – Clarence Campbell’s secretary and future wife.
Here’s Clarence and Phyllis on their romantic date at the Forum, which helped spark the 1955 St. Patrick’s Day Richard Riot.
Legendary sports editor Elmer Ferguson (1929). The Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award is presented to outstanding hockey journalists and includes the likes of Jacques Beauchamp, Red Burnett, Trent Frayne, Red Fisher, Andy O’Brien, Michael Farber, Roy MacGregor and others.
Sam Pollock (1964). By far my favourite letter.
Claude Mouton (1985)
Irving Grundman (1983)
Almost three months to the day after General Manager Grundman wrote this letter, he was fired by the Canadiens and Serge Savard would take his place.
Forum secretary Manon Bruneau (1984)
Letter from Sam Pollock to Habs prospect Michel Lagace (1962). This is the kind of letter I would have liked to receive.
Looking for tickets at Maple Leaf Gardens (1965 & 1966)
Two replies from Claude Mouton (1983) about my request for a stick. He gave me a Bob Gainey stick, signed by the entire team, which I picked up at the Forum after driving from Ottawa after graveyard shift.
Jean Beliveau (1984)
I decided I needed an 8X10 glossy of the Rocket shaking hands with Sugar Jim Henry, so I went right to the top. I wrote a letter to La Presse and it ended up on the desk of editor-in chief Gerard Pelletier (1964)
Pelletier would later serve in the Pierre Trudeau government, and was eventually awarded the Order of Canada.
Frank Selke Jr. (1961)