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Quick as a cat
Leigh Montville
November 01, 1993
Few if any goaltenders have risen so far so fast as Toronto Maple Leaf star Felix Potvin
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November 01, 1993

Quick As A Cat

Few if any goaltenders have risen so far so fast as Toronto Maple Leaf star Felix Potvin

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"I don't want Felix to change," Lupien says. "I have him on a budget. I want him to live on $700 a week for now, to go through all the problems involved with living on $700 a week. To pay the phone bill, the rent, the heat, like everybody else. It is hard when a young guy makes money fast. So many people come around. The insurance agent—instead of trying to sell the $100,000 policy, he is there with the $2 million policy. The car salesman—instead of the $15,000 car, he is trying to sell the $60,000 car. The real estate agent—instead of the $150,000 house, it's the $800,000 house. Everyone is looking for the commission, see? I tell Felix that we will invest for the future and the other things will come."

So here he is. Here. In the middle of the afternoon the television is tuned to a succession of music videos. The schoolkids are on the street, walking past a house that contains a secret they couldn't imagine possible. Sabrina is talking about the start of the Lamaze classes she has found that are conducted in French. Thunder is running everywhere. Tommy, the cat, is banished to the basement for fear he might escape through the open door and be flattened by traffic. Felix the Cat is content. He is wearing a T-shirt with the cartoon character of the same name on the front, lying on the green couch, speaking in the English he started to learn only in Newfoundland. He says he is not surprised by his quick success. This is where he always wanted to be, isn't it? This is where he is. Here. Maybe someday soon he will even meet the neighbors. All things are possible.

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