Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Hockey Hall of Famer

One of the real shames in sports today is that too often, the players from yesteryear are under appreciated. At a sports convention in 2006, former NHL'er Alex Delvecchio (a Hall of Famer) had one of the shorter lines, despite having one of the lowest price lists for signatures.
Delvecchio played 24 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, appearing in more games for them than anyone else for one team. He was a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy for combining good sportsmanship with excellence on the ice. At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was #2 all-time in the NHL for games played, assists and points.
It is just odd for me to see a former player of Delvecchio's calibre get second billing to second-tier players of today. It's not that he was ignored, but Delvecchio is a Hall of Famer! At least I was able to spend a little extra time chatting with him. He is a true gentleman.
Alex Delvecchio and me in Rosemont, IL-November 2006.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah well, Alex D's cards don't go for the same as the new guys either. This is part of what hurts the card industry.
Alex D, Howe and Lindsay, wow what a line!