January 10, 2004
Hitmen turn to Hitman for bobblehead
By BRET HART -- For the Calgary Sun
There are those in the Hart family who have from time to time implied I, Bret (Hitman) Hart, have a big head.
Well, OK, they can have it their way.
At least on Friday, when the invasion of the Hitman bobbleheads hits Calgary.
I'm very flattered to be immortalized by the Calgary Hitmen in such a fun way and I can only hope there's a big turnout to inspire the team on to victory against the mighty Moose Jaw Warriors.
It's not always easy coming up with shining tidbits of literary wisdom ... OK, I jest.
I thought I was going to have an easy time writing my column this week because I assumed I'd get to say another Hitman won gold.
Alas, Calgary forward Ryan Getzlaf and the rest of the Canadian juniors had to settle for silver after falling to the U.S. in this week's world junior hockey championship in Helsinki.
But you know what? I'm just as proud of the juniors for bringing back some silver.
As disappointing as it was for everyone, especially the players, it's only fair to say losing to the Americans will no doubt do a lot of good for the world of junior hockey south of the border -- and that's a good thing for junior hockey everywhere.
But, at the same time, I want to congratulate Getzlaf on rising to the task and making all the Hitmen fans back home very proud.
As much as we missed him, it's great to have him back in the lineup.
I was watching Mike Egener explain how he couldn't bear to watch the world championships on TV because it was just too painful for him not to be there, being that he was a final cut.
Hey Mike, I know what you mean.
I sometimes feel like that when I watch wrestling.
With general manager Kelly Kisio's recent trades, it looks like the Hitmen are gearing up to be a really tough team come playoff time.
Netminder Gerry Festa played really well for us this season and I want to wish him luck with his new team, Spokane, and welcome aboard our new goalie, Barry Brust.
All the best to Aaron Boogaard, who has gone to Tri-City.
I also want to welcome a new 'Brett: The Hitman' to the team, Brett O'Malley, acquired from Lethbridge.
Why, only last week, I was in my usual seat shaking my fist at him but now all I can say is welcome aboard.
He's just what the Hitmen need, with a style reminiscent of Brent Dodginghorse -- gritty, determined and exciting.
O'Malley is a player who can and will make things happen and is not afraid to mix it up.
Hitmen hockey is still the best bang for your buck, so come on down and check it out.
The best part of the hockey season is yet to come.
If you want a bobblehead of yours truly at the Jan. 16 game, go to a Wendy's to get a voucher while they last.
There's more than a good chance you might see me waiting at the drive-thru ordering my usual No. 8 super-sized.