Your personal encounters with a Montreal legend
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05-29-2012, 11:21 AM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I've been working in the up scale Restaurants in the city for over thirty years now so I got a long list let's see.Guy Lafleur (Classy Dude),Kirk Muller (another classy dude),Claude Lemieux (meh),Gump Worsley (great story teller,likes to reminisce),Jacques Lemaire (quite dude),Serge Savard (at a wine tasting of all places),Begin and Lappy (you can take the boys from the counrty but .....yikes),in the past year current players Markov ,Gionta and Cole.
Gump Worseley married into my family. I have memories of him holding me and telling stories and everyone laughing.
I met all the Canadiens in the early 80's, and many of the visiting stars, waiting for autographs outside the Forum. I used to ride my bike there almost every game night. Those were the days. Most of the guys were nice. Lafleur was sometimes rattled, because he'd try to sneak by before a crowd could stop him, but was always nice. Lapointe was once frustrated and said no, but came back and apologized and said he was very busy and couldn't right now.
THe nicest: Larry RObinson, Dick Irvin, Doug Jarvis, GOrdie Howe, Bobby Hull, Ryan Walter, Brian Engblom, ROger and Geraldine Doucet (whom my mom knew as a child), on and on. The oldtimers would enter on Atwater at the bar, and the visiting team would leave on Closse. Lots of nice visitors too: Lafontaine, Barrasso, Keenan (believe it or not). I met the entire SOviet National team after they beat Canada in game 2 of teh Canada Cup in OT (Fetisov patted me on the head). I walked with Gretzky for a block along Ste-Catherine to the Canada bus (NOBODY SAW US, it was amazing). He was pissed and was telling me that there was no way they were gonna lose game 3. And he was right. Grant Fuhr talked my ear off at the bus. Great guy. Coffey was a bit cool. Glenn Anderson was a great guy too.
Once saw Mike Keane at McDonald's across from teh Forum early in his caree when he was a scratch.
We played ballhockey with Momesso and Ludwig. Ludwig went in nets and nobody could beat him. Momesso was RIPPING shots at me from the other side of the rink.
I don't know what it's like to get autographs now, but back then the players were approachable.
I also interviewed for teh paralegal job at the NHL head offices in NY. I would have sat down the hall from Bettman, Daly, etc. Didn't get it tho. I interviewed there twice and they really liked me. I was chosen out of 200 people (one of three), but someone else got it. Whoever has the job now talks to all the GM's on the phone and is the first to hear confirmations of any trades/transactions. I saw the pad where they right it down (and I assume it gets transferred to the computer. The legal department deals with CBA issues and financial structuring, buying/selling of teams, moving teams, etc. I saw where they kept all that info too. The lobby has a gigantic TV that plays NHL stuff nonstop. All the offices have see-thru plexiglass with the NHL logo and two scored lines running all the way down the hall. It's an open office, so in the middle you can see down to the next floor. Downstairs is the NHL Store.
That's the closest I've come to a job in hockey, sadly.
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