For some reason, Twitter today was speculating about Gretzky and Orr on the same line. It might have been a metaphor for something else. Not sure. They used to speak that way of Yellen and Fischer, til the latter kept getting shit wrong, and it was kind of sexist anyway. First chick Chair did not have be part of a “dream team.”
Imagine Gretzky and Lemieux (and Hawerchuk) on the same line, with Messier and Coffey just thrown in for good measure. That would be like unbelievable, with the images after 2:20 faked like the moon landing. This was back in the day when we agreed on the Rooskies, 1987.
Alan Eagleson had some flaws. He supported Mulroney, who one fine day said let’s rile up the Quebec nationalists just for shits and giggles. That was tedious — for ten years. But you never heard Eagleson say, “wouldn’t it be great if we could get along with Russia?”
Later, Sid Crosby went to the NHL so young his mommy said he would have to spend the first bit living with Mr. Lemieux so he would not get in trouble. I am guessing Mr. Lemieux must have said, leave the drinking and whoring til later; for now, just focus on winning Stanley Cups and Olympic gold medals.
As they say in Cole Harbor, buddy was pretty good in loco parentis.