So there was Charlie Huddy Friday afternoon, standing in front of the True North/NHL banner not long after being formally introduced as an assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets.
And listening to the long-time Edmonton Oiler – a five-time Stanley Cup champion while wearing the blue and orange – rave about the opportunity to come back to Canada, to Winnipeg, must have brought back a few old memories for diehard Jet fans.
Huddy, after all, was part of that Oiler dynasty that forever stood in the way of any kind of Jets’ postseason success -- including that (in)famous 1990 series in which the Oil came back from a 3-1 deficit in a series against Winnipeg to win in seven and ultimately grab the last of their Stanley Cup titles.
"A lot of great playoff series against them here, that’s for sure," Huddy said. "I always tell people the series we were down and we ended coming back and beating the Jets was one of the kickers that led us to win a Stanley Cup... just going through that series of having to battle back and then move forward sent us on winning path.
"Lots of great memories."
Not so much if you were a Jets fan. Or remain a Jets fan.
Case in point, we give you Free Press Assistant City Editor Jason Bell who – not long after the Jets sent out a press release announcing Huddy as one of the new coaches – sent me this email :
"As a Jet fan, I am offended by the hiring of Charlie Huddy.
"Who’s running the concessions? Steve Smith?
"Is Dave Lumley part of the maintenance crew?
"I bet Esa Tikkanen is in the marketing department..."
He was joking, of course, but those old allegiances/rivalries remain in place for some.
To check out the entire Huddy news conference, see below or click here.
THIS IS COOL: This is a bit dated now, but worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet:
YOU DECIDE: The folks who run the International Ice Hockey Federation website are wondering if this is the goal of the year.
The star of the video is Eliezer Sherbatov of Israel and it was scored at the Division III IIHF World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa this spring in a 26-2 win over Greece. Sherbatov, a 19-year-old left winger, was born in Rehovot, Israel and moved to Laval when he was two years old. He played in the QMJHL, including last season with Montreal and Baie-Comeau.
Israel, for the record, won the Division III title after defeating Luxembourg, South Africa, Turkey and Greece and Sherbatov had 14 goals and 12 assists in four games. Next year Israel will compete in the Division II championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.