Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/05/07 at 05:16 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They were set to hang Mike Vernon’s No. 30 jersey from the rafters at the Pengrowth Saddledome Tuesday night, which was singularly appropriate in some ways. So many times during Vernon’s career with the Calgary Flames, which featured two trips to the Stanley Cup final and more wins (259) than any other goaltender in franchise history, some of the local boo-birds would have just as soon seen his sweater raised to the roof, with Vernon inside.
from John McGourty at NHL.com,
We’re not going to haul out the tape measure, but when Lanny McDonald, Joe Mullen, Al MacInnis, Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Joel Otto, Hakan Loob and the rest of that team turned to congratulate Vernon, the top of his head was at the level of their logos. And, he looked like the happiest man on Planet Earth.
Many of those players will be back in Calgary Tuesday to honor Vernon and to a man they’ll tell you they wouldn’t be wearing Stanley Cup rings were it not for him.
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