Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:18 PM
Yea, but he'd help us make the cap floor!
Oh absolutely, my point exactly. I revered him as a youngster and as I get older I think I have started to appreciate why I liked him so much. For awhile I had started to think of him as a sort of lovable loser, but as I got a bit older I realized that that wasn't really fair. While he played for losing teams, and he was very personable, he was hardly a loser. Most goalies would have crumbled under the peppering he took. Shoot, Alain Chevrier played for a Devils team that was improving and yet put up poorer numbers. started to put things into perspective for me.
Btw, I owe you a reply from a few weeks back. My apologies. We had a nice debate going and I rather dropped the ball. I have two newborns and am trying to finish a house renovation, so I tend to just disappear at times. Anyway, my apologies and I will respond ASAP.
Don't want to derail the thread, but I have a DVD of a Rockies-Blues game from January 1982 (the Rockies' last season in Colorado). Chico was featured in a pre-recorded interview between the second and third periods. Everything you need to know about Chico the player and Chico the person is in that interview...you could tell he knew he was playing for a mess of a franchise that was going in a million different directions, but he was staying as positive as possible. He was clearly willing to shoulder as much of the responsibility as he could, basically saying that, for the Rockies to have any chance to win, it had to start with him and his play. Keep in mind how tough it must have been, going from an awesome and stacked Islander team to a Rockies team that had no chance, was clearly not going to be in Colorado much longer, and wasn't drawing much more than 8000 fans per game, tops. And he admitted in the interview that the constant spectre of the team moving was weighing on the team's minds...though NJ was the most-mentioned destination, several others were noted as well, and the players simply had no idea what was going to happen when. Chico made it clear that the players had no business feeling sorry for themselves, that other teams weren't going to feel sorry for them, and that it was on the Rocky players to pull together and not let their imminent move become a distraction. Came across as a real stand-up guy in that interview...I was a fan of his before, but even moreso now.
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