As told to: Dave BidiniJoe Crozier was the coach in my rookie year. Before an 11-day road trip out to the coast, Joe told me to bring my guitar. We were fighting for the playoffs and he wanted to keep the guys loose. I remember sitting in the airport playing “Taxi” by Harry Chapin. The guys loved that song. Pretty soon, they were all gathered around the guitar singing, “It was rainin’ hard in ‘Frisco…” and, because Joe had an eye for things that weren’t the norm, he figured that having some monkey bringing his guitar on the road would help the team play better. And it did. A while later, an interviewer in Buffalo asked me if I had any hobbies and I told him that I played guitar.
When you’re a kid, everything seems like fun.
A local disc jockey, Danny Nebrith, read the story and said, “How’d you like to go into a recording studio and make an album?” When you’re a kid, everything seems like fun, so I went down, demoed some stuff– you didn’t really need a great voice if you were a Buffalo Sabre in the 70s– and later on, we brought in some studio musicians and did the record. But I wasn’t the only one: Jim Lorentz did a record, Rick Dudley did one, too. We were a young, exciting, wild team, and these albums were a natural extension of that. In the jacket of the record, someone wrote that it was a goal of mine to make an album and appear on the Tonight Show, but that wasn’t true. I was twenty-years-old and it was fun. Thankfully, nobody owns turntables anymore.
DAVE BIDINI is the co-creator of ‘Slapshot Diaries’ as well as a writer/musician/columnist from Toronto and the author of 12 books.
I dropped my wallet from the 500 level
Games people play
Azerbaijani refugees and my lost Summit Series postcards
The Cat was a metal head
Want to be a goal scorer?
THE FIRST GAME PT 3
THE FIRST GAME PT 2
THE MUSIC AND THE GAME
THE FIRST GAME
THE RAGE IN JOHN BROPHY
RAININ’ HARD IN ‘FRISCO
TAMBURICA AND THE GROUP OF SEVEN
POETRY WITH BOBBY HULL
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
THEY DON’T FIGHT LIKE THEY USED TO
ME AND GEDDY
GUNS, MONEY AND MOSCOW
LET’S FACE IT, AS A TEAM GUY HE WAS A PIECE OF S*&T
THE FIGHTER’S BOND
MY PHOTO ALBUM NO. 2
LOSING TIM HORTON
THE EAGLE AND THE END
HOW TIGER SAVED BRYAN, AND OTHER STORIES
THE SOUNDTRACK OF HOCKEY
THE MOURNFUL SAGA OF BRYAN FOGARTY
HARTFORD AND HOWARD
MY PHOTO ALBUM NO. 1
THE BEER COAT
I LIVED FOR MUSIC
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