Monday, February 2, 2009

Friendly Encounters

This is another in a series of meetings of my friends and celebs.

Jim Gekas (Jimmy G) has been a great friend of mine for over 10 years. Jim is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate sports fans I know. Jim and I share a passion for hockey, especially from the 70's.

This is one reason why Jim was very excited to meet Denis Potvin, an NHL Hall of Famer who played 18 seasons with the New York Islanders. A 3 time winner of the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman, Potvin became the first Islander to have his number (#5) retired by the team.
Jim is an award winner in his own right. His latest piece of hardware is the prestigious 'Best Week' Award for his performance in the 2008 Best Damn Football Pool Period (BDFPP).
Jim met Potvin at a charity golf event at the Nordic Resort in Itasca (IL). There is no truth to the rumor that Potvin checked Jim into the wall after this photo was taken.
Denis Potvin and Jim Gekas in Itasca, IL-late 1990's.

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