By Michael Rand
We promised something ridiculous, and we feel like we’ve delivered. To accompany Stu’s Hunt Down, we have prepared a Paint version of Gilles Meloche, which looks a lot, frankly, like a stick goalie in a halter top. Just to make it even more infuriating, we misspelled his last name. We are not artistic in any way. Stu, however? He paints 1,000 pictures with every word. Stu?
Name: Gilles Meloche
Nickname: a grown man named “Jill” has no need for a nickname.
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: Was the North Stars goaltender from 1978 to 1985. Made the All-Star Game in 1980 and 1982 and was the primary netminder for the Stars’ upset of the heavily-favored Montreal Canadians in the 1980 playoffs and their Stanley Cup-losing team in 1981.
Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: has the second-most losses in NHL history, trailing only his fellow former North Star, Gump Worsley. Gump!
Where He Is Now: the goaltending coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Is now in his 19th season with the club.
Glorious Randomness: Do you ever say to yourself, “Man, I’ve always wanted to visit a website dedicated entirely to classic fiberglass goalie masks?” Well, Jon Marthaler, this is your lucky day: www.hockeymasks.com. Naturally, their Gilles Meloche page is both thorough and terrifying.
Talk Amongst Yourselves: I got nothin’, so please enjoy this random quote from Slap Shot: “This young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country’s refusal to accept him, I guess that’s more than most 21-year-olds can handle. Number six, Ogie Oglethorpe.”
Proprietor note: Talk amongst yourselves about how that Slap Shot quote might have been the last time “notoriety” was used properly in a sports context. Notoriety: The quality or condition of being notorious; ill fame. Not a good thing. Notoriety. Not positive. Notoriety. Please note this.