Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Johngy Meets King Kong

Jerry "King Kong" Korab was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Vancouver Canucks after the 1972-73 season. I was too young to have seen him much during his time with the Hawks, but I knew I liked him as a player. The Hawks got Dale Tallon in return for one of the rare trades when 2 of my favorite players were traded for each other.
I was excited about talking to Korab at AU Sports. Hockey players are usually the most respectful and appreciative of all athletes. Blackhawks from my youth have a special place in my heart and mind.
We talked about his time in Chicago and how he didn't want to leave here. Still, it was better for his career, as the Blackhawks suffered through the 70's. At 6'3" and 220 pounds, Korab was one of the toughest players, although he didn't pile up ridiculously high penalty minutes. He said he wasn't really that feared (self-deprecation). While he is older and smaller now, pound for pound, he still looks pretty tough.
It was a thrill meeting Korab. AU Sports hosts many such events. You always have plenty of time to actually talk to each guest of honor at AU. Behind us in the picture is just part of the famous wall of cards at AU Sports.
Jerry Korab and me in Niles, IL-March 2010.

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