"Who'd have believed it? We're just a bunch of young guys, and we haven't been here long, but this seems to be an awful lot of fun. Is it always so much fun? Randy, who's been around here for a while, says this is the craziest thing he's ever seen, but it all seems easy to us. You play. You win. People throw brooms on the ice. Simple."
"Andy. Andy Moog."
"Most of us played in other places for most of the season, so we're really not too sure of a lot of the incidentals. Joe Juneau and Gord Hynes were with the Canadian Olympic team, and Ted Donato and Steve Heinze and Clark Donatelli were with the U.S. Olympic team, and Glen Murray was with a team called the Sudbury Wolves in Junior A, if you can believe that. Adam Oates played in the league for the entire year, so he knows some stuff, but most of his time was in St. Louis. He played with that famous guy."
" Brett Hull."
"Right. It's all happened so fast that most of us haven't even had time to unpack. Even Oates. He said the season started back in the first week of October, and there was a thing called training camp before that, but we mostly arrived in February. Or was it the first week of March? Hard to remember, everything has been so fast. Anyway, the general manager, Harry Sinden, called, and here we are. We just do what the coach, Dick Bowness, tells us to do."
"Rick. Rick Bowness."
"None of us really expected any of this. Oh, maybe Oates did, because he was something of a star already, but the rest of us had no idea that we'd ever be playing as much as this. Shouldn't a team be pretty well set by the middle of February or the beginning of March? Shouldn't there be only one spot or maybe two open that late on an established, functioning team? Most of us thought so. Mostly everybody did. Harry, though...wait a minute, should we call him Harry or Mr. Sinden?"
"Harry thought his established team stunk. His best forward, Cam Neely, had been injured for most of the year with a bad knee. There was a moment of inspiration when Neely came back in January and scored nine goals in nine games. But then the pain returned, and he had to have an operation. End of season. Harry saw the way things were going and made some moves. Do you know the old saying in sports that you can't fire the players, so you have to fire the coach? There was a time when it looked like Harry was going to fire Dick Bowness, but he decided to fire the players instead. He changed all the cards, just like that. Draw poker. He just about drew a whole new hand. Hockey is a strange sport. You can make trades almost until the last three minutes of the last game of the regular season, and you can add players at any time. Harry just started dealing. He sent the Craig guy to St. Louis for Oates...."
" Craig Janney. Plus a defenseman, Stephane Quintal."