Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/26/05 at 12:33 PM ET
Harry Taylor recalls meeting Gordie Howe. "I guess I was a cocky rookie," he says. "I remember hitting him behind the net." That went pretty well, so when he saw Howe with his head down, Harry decided to hit him again. Only one problem: Howe was playing possum. "He was just inviting me to take a run at him. Then -- poing! -- all the lights went out for a while." Harry, 79, tells this story in Kenn and Tiina Shaw's backyard in Vic West. It's warm, almost too warm for the Toronto Maple Leafs sweater he's wearing, and the reflection from the Stanley Cup is hitting him right in the eyes. As Harry talks, his wife Irene dabs sunblock on top of his head, which seems appropriate -- this is, after all, Harry's day in the sun. The Stanley Cup really did visit Victoria, and Harry Taylor, on Monday afternoon. Normally the Cup spends its summers travelling to homes of the reigning champions, but after this lockout-scuttled season, it was decided to share it with the players who won the NHL title back in the 1940s and '50s.
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