“Hello, Canada, and hockey fans in the United States, and Newfoundland….” The voice of a legend reaching out from the past, Foster Hewitt’s emblematic sign-on bubbles up sentiment even in those who never heard him call a game. Hockey’s history remains evocative to young and old alike: Bobby Orr’s mid-air celebration, the Rocket’s burning eyes, Dryden’s cucumber-cool pose, Gretzky’s sweater-tuck, these are just a few iconic images which have shaped the game we know today.
You remember Alexandre Daigle, right? The man drafted by Ottawa first overall in the 1993 draft. The man who received the largest starting salary in league history up until that time (5 years, 12.25 million). The man who was supposed to be the next Mario Lemieux after scoring 247 points in 119 games for Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.