A couple days ago, I wrote about Jim "Seaweed" Pettie and his involvement in George Plimpton's book Open Net. Today, I want to share a story about Pettie signing a puck for me.
As everyone knows, I have always been a fan of hockey, especially during my youth. Pettie was a goaltender with the Boston Bruins in the late 70's, appearing in 21 games over three seasons. After reading Open Net a few years ago, I located Pettie and sent him a puck, asking him to sign it.
About two weeks later, I received my puck signed very nicely by Pettie. He also included a hand-written letter. My favorite line (among many funny ones) was when he stated that he gave the puck to his young daughter to roll at him, so that I could say that I had a puck that he had stopped!
Now that is a classic line! It was possibly the funniest comment I ever got with an autograph. Experiences like that really make autograph-collecting fun.
Some day, I hope to meet Pettie. I'd like to thank him in person for contributing to Open Net, for the puck and letter and for his time and consideration in helping me write the piece about Open Net. Until that day, let this serve as an open "Thank you" to one of the great hockey characters and an even better guy.