I remember skipping class in Grade 8 and getting caught in the school library. I was reading Jim Hunt’s The Men in the Nets. Not much of a bad boy, that was as disobedient I could be. Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante, Eddie Giacomin… that was the crowd I was running with at the time.
Yet Eddie was tough. He wore his competitiveness on the sleeve of his resplendent Rangers hockey sweater, an attribute that eventually lead to his jersey being raised to the rafters in Madison Square Garden. But, in The Men in the Nets, Eddie was still seen as an up-and-comer. I imagine my choice to hide out in the library labelled me one as well.