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by Paul on 06/24/09 at 02:06 PM ET
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
(Bob) McKenzie remembers when the NHL draft went glam. “That had to be 1984 when Mario (Lemieux) was the first choice and wouldn’t put on the Penguins jersey in front of the cameras,” says TSN’s veteran draftnik. “That was high drama. Then Montreal spirited Peter Svoboda out from under the stands in the Canadiens’ jersey, and the Habs fans at the Forum just went crazy. It really hasn’t been the same since.”
Okay, it wasn’t the “J-E-T-S” groupies losing their minds at the NFL draft, but for the sleepy NHL draft the 1984 Lemieux soap opera was a revelation.
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