The Story of the Puck as told by Rich:
I was a huge Edmonton Oilers fan in the 80’s; kind of hard not to be back then, and the closest NHL franchise geographically back then was the St. Louis Blues. After winning the Stanley cup the preceding Spring, the Oilers played a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings in the Houston Summit, and I went with some friends to see the game. During warm-ups, Kevin McClelland accommodated my request for a puck and lifted it over the glass with his stick. And although it’s hard to see, there is a signature on the Oilers insignia. It is that of Glen Sather, long-time head coach and GM of the 80’s Edmonton dynasty. Glen was seated several rows behind us in the press box.
That’s Glen Sather, the Coach and GM of the Edmonton Oilers and their FIVE Stanley Cups! How cool is that? I was first introduced to Rich via real estate channels. He’s now teaching History at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and has a very big connection to Hockey. Check out the NHL Draft Picks this school has produced!
As for the book – it’s incredible! It’s full of inside details about trades and deals but the best part for me is the quotes from the GM’s about the other GM’s. Jason Farris (the author) did an amazing job as did Jason Farris my friend. It’s only available online at http://nhlgms.com and I can honestly say, it’s the best hockey book I’ve ever read (again and again)!
There’s no way I can thank you guys enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you!