While we were watching some of the Canada – Team USA gold medal game at the office (for work purposes, obviously), a co-worker commented that his those final minutes of regulation were the most hockey he’s watched in a long time.
I was in the same boat. I was huge fan of the Minnesota North Stars back in the 80s. Jersey, going to see 3-4 games a season at Met Center, watching nearly every game on TV, yada, yada, yada. I recently became a fan of a Facebook North Stars page and updates provide fans of the Bobby Smiths, Don Beaupres and Al MacAdams.
I’m still trying to figure out why Gump Worsley (he of the period goaltenders didn’t wear masks) looks like he played into his 70s after seeing his profile.
Today, I can barely name five players on the Wild.
Bob Kurtz, the former KMSP broadcaster for the North Stars and current Wild radio voice, brings me back to yesteryear, but I can’t quite feel the passion for the new team as I had the old.