Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/02/12 at 12:37 PM ET
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Ken Dryden is in the city for a reading Thursday night of his memoir, The Game – in my view, the best hockey book ever written.
His appearance brings back memories of a time when the Canadiens ruled, starting with Dryden’s stunning debut in 1970-71. As you know, that’s when the goaltender led the Canadiens to a remarkable first-round victory over the heavily favoured Big Bad Bruins, led by Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, in seven games – after Dryden had played in only six regular-season games. From there, the Canadiens brought home the Stanley Cup with a victory in six games over the Minnesota North Stars and then a seven-game victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in the final.
Dryden’s visit also recalls the foreward he graciously agreed to write for my 1994 book Hockey, Heroes and Me. It started, also graciously, this way:
“I wonder what Red thinks. It would happen two or three times a year. When things were going badly for the team or me. When after a game, sleepless and alone, staring into the darkness of my office, I could find no answers. I did it with no one else. In a few hours, when The Star or later The Gazette was at our front door, I would know.
“I didn’t always agree with him, and when I didn’t I would get angrier than I did with anyone else. I wanted so much for him to be wrong, and knew he probably wasn’t.”
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