I pray no one thinks I’m disrespecting the Rocket here.
It’s regarding the neon sign outside Rocket’s pub, Tavern 9, the watering hole he owned for several years beginning in the late ’50s.
Originally it had the word “Taverne” from top to bottom, and crossed hockey sticks below his name, but in one particular photo from La Presse, his career goal tally, 544, was added and “Taverne” isn’t there for some reason.
I dunno, maybe the sign could’ve been slightly different….I think it must have been under renovation.
Here’s how it originally looked, as you can see on this old lighter. (Photo from Classic Auctions).
Here’s the photo from La Presse.