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by George Malik on 07/09/13 at 09:18 PM ET
I hadn't checked any hockey news between pulling out of the driveway in South Lyon and the Burger King in Grayling, Michigan, mostly because I was pretty damn sure that Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan would indeed be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2013 induction class today.
After wolfing down a hurried burger in Grayling, I checked my email, and the NHL's press release was there, but there was no transcript of the conference call that was supposed to go down. So I checked Twitter briefly to find out what was said, and I stumbled upon this gem from Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski:
Question: Way back in the that first lockout, you became well known for a quote about Gary Bettman. I know that you apologized right away. What was it like when you finally saw him, and do you guys joke about it to this day?
CHELIOS: “Let’s not mention that name on this call. This is a good day.”
Wyshynski goes into the details of Chelios's threatening comments made toward Bettman during both lockouts, but you already know how I feel about that little weasel, and those of you who remember my MLive days or even my time as Homersonic on Wings message boards may remember that I supported Chelios's cause when he, Trent Klatt and Dwayne Roloson were blacklisted for their "dissdent" status regarding Ted Saskin's installation as a league puppet as opposed to the chairman of a functioning NHLPA during the second lockout...
And given that I am absolutely certain that Chris Chelios and Kris Draper were grinding down their teeth during this past season's lockout as they happen to be Red Wings employees (you can imagine how well pro-player comments made by formerly active members of the NHLPA who now work for the owners locking players out would go down)...
If Chelios comes up to Traverse City for the summer development camp, at some point, I'm just going to have to come up to him and shake his hand to congratulate him on his Hall of Fame status and to thank him for never letting certain grudges go.
Thank you, Cheli, thank you. Because the best answer to that utterly ridiculously stupid question is to give the little rat bastard a verbal middle finger. *#$%@&' a, Cheli, *#$%@&' a.
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