Hey, we’ve got ourselves a season, kids – a real, live, honest-to-goodness Red Wings season! The National Hockey League opened its 87th season last Wednesday evening (wouldn’t you just know the first game I watched on TV had to involve Fedorov and the Mighty Ducks), giving all of us hockey junkies something to do almost every night for the next eight months.
Whoo-hoo! Opening Night at The Joe! I thought the team’s introductions this year were pretty laid back (what could you expect with a lower bowl that was, at best, one-third full), except for the introduction of Steve Yzerman, which has become an annual explosion of thunderous cheers in Detroit. After the game, Yzerman was asked what it meant to be so appreciated. “My first thought was, ‘I just didn’t want them to be booing by the third period,’” he said. “It was a bit of a wake-up call that you have to do well.” Maybe he was disappointed with the first 59 or so minutes of the game, but the fans left the stands in amazement of his final two seconds!
Just thought I pop in and say hello to my buddies.............HOWDY!!