. I was playing poker last night when one of the card sharks issued the following challenge:
Name five players from any NHL team.
Do you see those images of me above? They were taken in the 1970s. During this decade I could have named all the players on my favourite team. I could have told you their middle names, along with the type of car they drove and their license plate numbers. I could have told you their blood types. I could have named most of the players on the opposing teams too.
Like many kids growing up in Canada, I was hockey crazy. I worshipped at the shrine called Hockey Night In Canada. Church, for me, was broadcast on CBC every Saturday night. We had pizza and pop communion during the intermissions. It was a great time to be a sports fan. It was a great time to be a chubby child (which I was).
So, Ian, could you name five players from one team?
Rather than list off five players from one team, I decided to list all of the NHL players that I knew. Here's how the list looked:
Sidney Crosby. End of list.
What! You call yourself a Canadian?!?!
Amazingly I could name more members of Ralph Gushue's 2006 Olympic Gold medal curling team than I could NHL players.
Ian, it's Brad Gushue, not Ralph.
So, who else can you name from Brad's curling team? I need at least one more name to prove your infinite curling knowledge.
Umm...I think the other guy's name was Ron Howard.
Ian, you are such a dolt. Ron Howard is a child actor turned bald director. The curler was named Russ Howard, not Ron. Know any other gold medal curlers?
Was there one called Saku Koivu?
No, he's a hockey player. Plays for the Anaheim Ducks.
Cool...so I know two NHL hockey players! Oh!! I just thought of one more. Pasta Head.
Yeah, I used to play a video game, called NHL 2004, with my son, and the commentator always spoke of a player called Pasta Head. I remember him saying "it was Pasta Head". I think he was Italian and he seemed to play for almost every team. He must have been traded a lot.
They were actually talking about the puck, you moron! It was passed ahead.