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06-15-2011, 08:27 AM
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I love seeing more reasons why hockey players are awesome (excluding a few, like Patrick Kane) and most other sports are populated by dbags. (Although I do know someone that had a really bad experience in the service industry with a current Bruin.)
Eh. It really depends on the individual, and not the sport. I've met quite a few local sports stars from all the teams and some have been really cool, while others have been complete turds. One of the biggest aholes I met was easily Ken Hodge Sr. The guy was a complete dink. Probably the nicest and most friendly was Terry O'Reilly. Some guys were cool one day and jerks the next. They're regular people and they have their ups and downs, & good days and bad, just like everyone else. Strangely enough, the most consistently turd like behavior I've seen came from members of the media who cover the teams.

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But do you guarantee it?

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Strangely enough, the most consistently turd like behavior I've seen came from members of the media who cover the teams.
Ain't that the truth. I really don't know how some of these athletes put up with these idiots day in and day out. You'd think after a while you'd flat out refuse to answer questions from certain people because they write too much crap (aka Dan Saughnessy) about you, or just write bad articles in general.

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Bought Don Sweeney a pair of drinks for him and his wife ... he had just walked into restaurant I was a chef for at the time.

I didn't intend on speaking to him at all, place was crowded and I had comp account for the drinks. He came all the way around the bar, thanked me, shook my hand,and insisted he take my address.

In a week I had received a large manilla envelope with all kinds of stuff in it, bruins calender, fridge magnet, signed photo with thanks for the drink and a few other trinkets.

Funny thing is I had heard nothing positive from anyone meeting him before?

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I heard PJ on the radio talking fondly about being in Boston for game 6. He seemed to appreciate being recognized and chatting up the locals.
guys like PJ, Stan Jonathan, and Mosi Tatupu are local athletes that will always be held in unique esteem because they were all underdogs who punched above their weight and we loved them for it.

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Brief Aaron Ward story. My wife and I visited Paris last December. We stayed in a nice, but not super-ritzy, hotel in the Montparnasse neighborhood. We were in the bar one evening and the bartender finds out we're from Boston. He says, "Do you know Aaron Ward?" Turns out Wardo and his family had stayed there, and that he was a terrific guest, very gracious and so forth. The bartender was a big hockey fan. I learned a lot about French hockey that night.




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guys like PJ, Stan Jonathan, and Mosi Tatupu are local athletes that will always be held in unique esteem because they were all underdogs who punched above their weight and we loved them for it.
Mosi Tatupu was one of the nicest guys I ever met. He spoke at a sports camp I used to attend when I was young, maybe like 8 or 9, and he gave a really solid speech on sportsmanship. He signed a bunch of autographs too. I know it was probably a paid talk, etc. But he seemed like he cared about making an impression on us.

Sad that he's gone.

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I learned a lot about French hockey that night.

I' was going to make some joke about French and diving or surrendering or something, but I couldn't think of anything funny.

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Mosi Tatupu was one of the nicest guys I ever met. He spoke at a sports camp I used to attend when I was young, maybe like 8 or 9, and he gave a really solid speech on sportsmanship. He signed a bunch of autographs too. I know it was probably a paid talk, etc. But he seemed like he cared about making an impression on us.

Sad that he's gone.
My buddy played in a charity softball game against him and the rest of the Pats alumni about 10 years ago, and we got to hang out with a bunch of them after the game. Mosi was really, really nice and he had some hilarious stories....

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I' was going to make some joke about French and diving or surrendering or something, but I couldn't think of anything funny.
It was actually a very interesting conversation. He was a passionate fan. I was surprised to learn that hockey is more popular in south central France, where it's more mountainous. There's also a strong North American influence as teams usually feature some NA players and/or coaches.

Christobal Huet is French. There's a funny clip of him bringing the Cup to the Eiffel Tower, NHL channel shows it sometimes. For some reason he's wearing a Red Sox hat!



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Bought Don Sweeney a pair of drinks for him and his wife ... he had just walked into restaurant I was a chef for at the time.

I didn't intend on speaking to him at all, place was crowded and I had comp account for the drinks. He came all the way around the bar, thanked me, shook my hand,and insisted he take my address.

In a week I had received a large manilla envelope with all kinds of stuff in it, bruins calender, fridge magnet, signed photo with thanks for the drink and a few other trinkets.

Funny thing is I had heard nothing positive from anyone meeting him before?
Came and spoke at my high school my freshman year, was a great guy, very kind and even though I was one of about 25 kids tops who knew who he was, he signed alot of autographs, took pictures etc

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That's awesome. I enjoy him.

Flying home to get a suit? Should have just gone to Men's Warehouse with Felger and picked up a spare. Two suits for the price of one, brands you can't talk about.
Or they could have went to Joseph A Banks, bought one, and then got the 2nd one.......


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06-15-2011, 10:06 AM
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Yup Ward is a classy guy and has a very good TV personality. Guy can take one hell of a sucker punch too....

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06-15-2011, 10:35 AM
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Hockey players are a different breed. You'd never see that from a basketball player, or most football and baseball players, but I fully expect it from a majority of hockey players.

I got to speak with Shawn Thornton for a couple minutes a few months ago, and he was genuinely interested in what I had to say, really struck me as cool.
of course the Brooks Laich story kind of cements that theory.

as for wardo, always liked him. a bruin for sure. wish he could be suiting up tonight. maybe not the best d man they ever had, but a good solid character guy.

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I was on a plane for business a couple years ago coming home to RI from Austin, TX and The Undertaker walks on the plane - the guy was gigantic. He was very nice and told the flight attendants to just make an announcement that if anyone wanted an autograph or a picture to just come up in orderly fashion and not crowd the aisle. I couldn't care less about wrestling but thought it was pretty cool and I just said hi and shook his hand because he was right in front of me.

When I was a kid I liked wrestling.....so this was during the whole Hulk hogan vs. Zeus feud in the 80's and we see Hogan and Zeus eating lunch together in the airport with Mr. Fuji. I was probably 9 years old and I start freaking saying "Dad...oh my god....they are gonna fight...they're gonna fight!!!!" and that's when my dad broke the news that wrestling was fake..
Haha that's very similar to the experience I had with the WWE wrestlers when they were in town once. I used to work at the airport and WWE just finished doing a show here in Calgary and they were on their way out. A couple of the guys I worked with were fans, so they wanted to go check out the wrestlers and hope to get an autograph or two. We went through to one of the departure gates where they were all waiting and it was hilarious to see a bunch of guys who try killing each other on tv sitting next to each other sharing a magazine and chatting it up.

The Undertaker bought a pair of sunglasses from my friend at Sunglass Hut and one of the security guards got a picture with The Rock by escorting him through one of the security zones and setting off the alarms so that the cameras would snap a picture. He was a really good sport about it.

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I' was going to make some joke about French and diving or surrendering or something, but I couldn't think of anything funny.
Like "Cheese eating surrender monkeys"?

Seriously tho I like the French, great food over there, no matter where you eat

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