I'm on vacation right now, but fear not -- I wouldn't leave you without a topic to ponder.
Today, I give you the list of the wackiest personalities of the Komets' past nine seasons. (That encompasses all of the Komets' time at the AA level of hockey.)
10) Bobby Stewart -- He sure knew how to get the crowd going, playing the game with some flair. And off the ice, he kept things loose.
9) Colin Chaulk -- Believe it or not, he's got some pizazz. He likes to throw expletives into just about any interview, which makes my job difficult but also fun.
8) Mike McKay -- Lots of talent. Lots of goals. Lots of off-ice antics. No one seems to know where he is now either, which is strange.
7) Tommy Bolduc -- One strange cat. And he could barely skate.
6) Mario Larocque -- He had the stylish fauxhawk and was good for some laughs off the ice, even after he scored into his own net during an All-Star Game at the Coliseum. "Hey, a goal is a goal in my book," he quipped.
5) Lance Galbraith -- A motormouth on and off the ice. Fun to cover. A pain to play against.
4) Bruce Richardson -- Ask Richardson about the weather and clear your calendar for at least an hour. He loves to talk, about anything, especially if it's his desire to win a Cup. Good a guy as you'll come across.
3) Frederic Bouchard -- Lots of flair on the ice, he was sometimes too concerned with stats and not enough with winning. He once berated me for pointing out his minus rating instead of his assists. But a darn good player anyway.
2) Pokey Reddick -- Had I been here in early 1990s and witnessed the stories firsthand, he'd surely top the list. But he gets second place for toning down his act. Reddick was very superstitious. And weird instances followed him. We're still not entirely sure what ailment forced him out of the 2002 game that cause equipment manager Joe Franke to make an entrance into the net.
1) Mitch Woods -- I still haven't gotten over the story about Woods' father telling me about Mitch going to a "horse doctor" for treatment after an injury. Even funnier: Mitch keeps telling me, "It wasn't a horse doctor. It was a faith healer." Yep, that changes everything. But he's a riot and heckuva a lot of fun to watch on the ice.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette