|Dugay (left) with Exeter legend Jim Allison|
To launch the series, HBO Canada threw a bash last week at the crazy cool Real Sports bar next to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. On hand were two former members of the two teams involved: Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, who busted heads for the Broad Street Bullies in their Stanley Cup-winning '70s glory, and Ron Duguay, who was a fan favourite at Madison Square Gardens.
Learned that "The Duguay" is still what NHLers call it when a player scans for hot babes in the stands in the pre-game warm up. The shaggy-haired skater was in his full Disco Stu regalia at the HBO event, and laughed when I repeated one of Leafs radio broadcaster/banquet funnyman Jim Ralph best jokes: Did you know Ron Duguay was one of the toughest players in the NHL? First year he was in the league, he put six people in the hospital--five maternity!
The series, which covered the Penguins and the Capitals the first season (with former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau emerging as the potty-mouthed star), follows the two teams in real time; in other words, each week you can track how they did over the past seven days. Definitely worth a look.