Memories will come and go in this lifetime. Christmas Morning, 1986. An eleven year old Montreal kid steps onto the ice for the first time wearing Orange and Black, number 25. As hard as this life tries to take it back, that feeling has never left me.
Truly, to a life well lived. God Bless and Goodbye.
The view from the old Spectrum press box was a study in the sociology of Flyers fans. They wore their hearts on their backs.
Some fathers (in Clarke and MacLeish and Parent jerseys) brought their sons (Howe and Kerr and Hextall) to the games. Others shared their favorite sport with their daughters (Zezel and Zezel and Zezel).
For a while there in the 1980s, you looked at the Flyers' team photo and wondered if the organization was trying to assemble the best-looking team in the NHL. The club had somehow gone from the toothless, ragged Broad Street Bullies to a precursor of the Backstreet Boys. It seemed as interested in selling posters as selling tickets.
I just got back from the visitation an hour ago. The lineup was very long and apparently it was like that all day. I hadn't met his mom before but she calls this a celebration of life more than anything and she still can't believe he played in the NHL.
There were a couple of hockey players there, and at least one high school teacher. I saw some familiar faces but I don't know if I knew them from school or from hockey. There was a flower arrangement from the Leafs, the Don Mills Flyers (in the shape of the Flyers logo), the OTR gang and tons more. I didn't look at them all but was hoping to find one from our Flyers just so I could tell you guys. They had a computer set up with a never ending cycle of pictures of Peter from high school to present, which was really neat.
^ 1987-88 was the Year without Kerr. The PP was a wreck, in the early stages especially. There was a skid of 46 or 48 in a row, I'm pretty sure it was Zezel who ended it. Something like 2/3rds of his goals that year came on the PP.
I just got back from the visitation an hour ago. The lineup was very long and apparently it was like that all day.
What struck me most about those in line was how many of them had nothing to do with hockey or soccer. Peter wasn't all about high profile people. Neighbours, people from his favourite Timmies, from the grocery store, and from various charities were out in full force.
Originally Posted by Woof
They had a computer set up with a never ending cycle of pictures of Peter from high school to present, which was really neat.
It was nice to see him so happy away from the rink. My favourite was the baby photo.