Lynn Patrick, a vice-president of the Blues, asked Bob what he was trying to prove. "Lynn," Bob said in front of the other players, "you won't believe what happened to me. I jumped out of bed and the clock said 10 o'clock. I looked up at the ceiling and said, 'Why always me, God?' Then the ceiling opened, a big finger pointed down at me and a voice said, ''Cause you bug me, Plager.' " Even Patrick had to laugh.
Billy remembers trying to contact Bob one summer so that Bob could be the best man at his wedding. "I finally gave up," he says, "and then Bob appeared at the wedding and wanted to know why he wasn't my best man." Bob laughs. "When the hockey season ends," he says, "no one knows where I am. One year everyone thought I was in Australia, and all the time I was in Little Rock, Arkansas. The publicity office gives you these sheets and asks you where you will be during the summer. I just write: 'In transit.' "
Right now Bob, Barclay and Billy are in transit around the National Hockey League, and before the season ends even the people in Vancouver will know that you never cheer the wuff Plagers in a visiting wink.