We left on Saturday after playing a Duffer game that I can't
remember except that John Magoo Landry scored and Fruitcake gave 10 year
old Jake Zerkis a can of beer. Jake's Dad Greg refrained from calling the
cops. If you scored or had a memorable moment that night, let me know if
you want it posted. One of the many memorable Detroit moments occurred
when we were touring the Redwing locker room and Amber came in. I have
been dealing with her via e-mail for 2 years whenever I needed tickets. I
had never seen her until she walked in to the locker room and her stunning
beauty silenced the room except for a few quiet unprintable comments in
the back. I woke the group up by saying, "Wow! I have been e-mailing you
for tickets in the last 2 years. If I knew you were this good looking, I
would have been chatting you up a lot more often." See the picture of Greg
Z below just after I delivered that line.
I have hundreds of pictures to view and I am expecting more. I
asked the Detroit Duffers to share their memorable moments ASAP. I only
remember that Harvey had 1 goal in the USA rink and 2 in the Joe. I had an
assist on one of O'Connor's goals in the Joe and Mini Wheezer just missed
a Gordy Howe Hat trick in the Joe when he had a goal and assist but
couldn't find any one to fight him. I offered to do it because he obliged
me last year to help me get the Gordy Howe Hat trick in the Joe, but I was
his teammate this year.
See pictures below of Amber. There are also pictures of a College
beer drinking game we learned from Tweedy in Hayward.* You will see why
Berserk and Butt Head nick names are very appropriate.
*Tom Morgan corrected me and said that they played that game
in college in Colorado in the 1970s and they introduced it to Tommy and
Tweedy in Hayward.
Here are the e-mails that came in on Wednesday and
I am so
genuinely grateful for this. I was smiling silly walking into work
today! The road trip was just an awesome experience for me - playing the
Joe!! The Redwings locker room!! The USA rink; "going up" against Donny
on the rink (hah, now there's a real joke), hearing Donny's amazing
thoughtfulness!! And so much more. Beak, thanks to you and all the
Duffers for making this happen. Fantastic experience!
thank you for setting up such a fantastic road trip! Mikey, great
shirts. Don, please extend our collective thanks to Tony and Donny.
Unbelievably great time. I've enclosed a
few of the group shots from this trip... I know many of you had asked me
and at this point, I don't recall who exactly had, so I'm sending them to
you all. Beak - I'll get you the rest of the photos on a memory stick or
If everyone chipped in 15
cents we'd be in the black again with a 45 cent surplus. I'll start the
DVDs tomorrow but it might take a while. There is about 20GB of video
with the two games.
Thx for taking care
of all the little details each day for my brother, me and all the Duffers.
We got home safe and Ryan scores his first NHL goal tonight to cap another
tremendous a Duffer road trip. Thx Beak!
Beak: Thanks for everything. ‘Take it Like a Man’ is a
Colorado game, invented in the late 70’s. We should’ve left it there. Tom
Saturday road trip started with mini making some incredible bloody mary's...
made for a great start to the trip. We
had the chance to watch the Team USA U17 play the Russians and that was
some stellar hockey. The Russians won and the next day some of them
watched us play and their coach took our team picture. Our
locker room was good, the ice was great, and everyone had a blast. Nobody
got hurt in that game. Sunday morning, the Red Wings game was a blast...
big win. That evening a few
guys took a side trip, and Morgan ended up with a grapefruit sized
ankle... so he ended up taking pictures the next day at the Joe. Skating
at the Joe was incredible once again. We seemed to be out there for some
long, long periods however Beak wisely put in a break 1/2 way. The King
had a blast too. Watching Team USA u17 against the NAHL kids was
incredible too. Afterwards,
while talking, drinking, listening to music... some of the guys started
playing a really dumb game. (Take it Like a Man) All told, we were all
sleeping on the way home.
Thanks for putting together
another fantastic Duffer road trip. I had a great time as always and Dan
did too (natural born Duffer). We rolled into Union Station about 12 and I
made it to class at 9AM Tuesday. That was a little rough. See you
I wanted to say thank very much for the very sweet card and the gift of
money. I look forward to you guys joining us every year and I hope
everyone had a memorable trip to the D!
I watched you guys skate and play a game and it warmed my heart that your
group is so passionate about the game of hockey and your life long
Stay in touch,
Executive Assistant | Detroit Red Wings
Thanks for all the work that you did setting up yet another successful
road trip! I know that Dave and Steve had a blast. Although Dave has
become quite accustomed to all the past duffer road trips. Lol. Thank you
again. Now I have to go change the bandage on my nose...
I was watching you...I did see the Go-Pro. You guys are so darn
thanks for organizing an amazing trip. I really look forward to them. I
tried to forward the emails to Lou and I got them bounced back. I texted
Lou to let him know. Regards,