Saturday, January 24, 2009

Atlanta used to be destined for greatness...


... back when these two played on the same line. NHL.com has a great story on Heatley and Kovy, or "The Goal Dust Twins" (did they wear chiffon and play muted tambourines too?).

It's hard to think about what could have been, especially when you throw Savard back int the mix... Heatley/Savard/Kovalchuk as a #1, then the Little/White/Kozlov line as your #2. All of the players that have wandered through our locker room... if we could keep some of them, we would be one of the best in hockey. Now? Now we try to cobble together whatever works from our AHL team and waiver wire pickups - and that's the stuff that DOES work.

I really loved this at the end:

"There were no Russians on our team, so it was a little awkward for me at first because I didn't understand English at all," Kovalchuk remembered. "We were roommates and Dany was always trying to teach me new words. He cared. He'd work with me on words in our room, when we'd order food at a restaurant, watched TV, he'd point out things we saw out the window on the bus -- and I remember him buying me a book on the ABC's.

"Some of the teammates teased me, but not Dany. He knew how important it was to communicate in this game, on and off the ice."

3 comments:

aaron said...

I almost cried a little when I read that last part.

Srsly.

But every time I think of Stevie NIcks, I think of fajitas...

Laura said...

It's ok. So did I.

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - I FORGOT ABOUT THAT. Oh my GOD, that is awesome. I'm still debating on seeing FM when they come here in April (I love Lindsey Buckingham, not fond of Stevie, and Christine McVie's not with 'em), but that right there... if she'd hock burritos on stage? I'd be there in a heartbeat.

Wayne said...

Sad...I remember hearing about that car crash hours later and thinking this franchise would never be the same...

I traveled that road (Lenox) many times and knew only a moron would go speeding down it (away from Lenox Mall)...

 
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