Re: Dudley to Habs - Burkie Must Be Fuming
posted at 5/8/2012 12:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Dudley to Habs - Burkie Must Be Fuming
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Dudley to Habs - Burkie Must Be Fuming : dav - To your point in today's Toronto Sun a sports section article said one NHL GM stated Dudley "brings unique skills and experience to the table that separates him from those other Toronto execs (i.e., Nonis, Burke, Poulin, Loiselle, Fletcher) in that those other guys all have backgrounds from working with teams in the league front office but Dudley is the only guy in that group that comes from a pure scouting background
Posted by RichHillOntario[/QUOTE]
Interesting statement since he was GM in Ottawa, Florida, Tampa and Atlanta and he head coached Buffalo(many years ago) and Tampa(briefly). Although he was hands on with scouting in those cities while GM, I suppose he moved over to pro scouting exclusively with Toronto.
Good guy though.
Heck of a pro lacrosse player too...one of the top players in the league and played both sports(lacrosse primarily summer, hockey through the winter with overlapping schedules
Imagine a a pro athlete getting permission from either league to play in another pro league in the same year.
Now, Rick wasn't Gilbert Perrault or anything, but it didn't and doesn't happen very often.
A little known fact about Rick was his relationship with Tim Horton who he played with in Buffalo until Horton's accident in '74. They were good friends and Rick was devastated by Horton's death. Rick has just purchased(IIRC?) a Cadillac from Horton not long before his death.
Lastly, I mentioned this on this board a while back I think, but when I was 17 or 18 I has a chance to go see a Sabres Game with a couple of my cousins, my grandmother and Rick's father. After the game we waited outside the locker room for him and I had a chance to get out onto the ice at the old Aud. Afterwards, we all went to a restaurant with Rick and his buddy, the late Brian "Spinner" Spencer. I remember Spencer as a funny, funny guy that would sketch cartoons, etc on the napkins and keep us all laughing. I was saddened to hear that he took his life way back when....
I promise I won't side track again...