I don’t have any bad memories of Team Canada in 72. There were a lot of things that you could go over and decide that they were learning curves, but I could honestly say there was not a bad memory. I mean it was certainly a learning experience for all of us.
They say I was one of the guys who pulled off a lot of gags in Moscow. Well, that’s always important to a team, keeping things light. There was enough stress and enough pressure being placed on us by outside sources. I wouldn’t say from inside, but certainly from outside. The expectations were so high and having a little fun breaks the tension. Actually, now that I think back on it, I have to blame Bill White for those gags I mentioned. I had very little to do with them. And somebody has to take the blame. The deal I think that was funniest, was when everybody got on the bus that was booked to go to the Chinese restaurant. Bill White and I were standing around and somebody said, “Where have you guys been?” We said. “Oh, we just got back from a great Chinese restaurant. I think we even had a name for it–the Pe King if I remember right. There was a game the next day and then after that everybody wanted to go for Chinese food because everybody was fed up with the food that they were getting. They thought that a nice Chinese dinner would be great. So they all agreed to go and Bill and I helped out by ordering a bus. Everybody showed up and got on the bus. But Bill and I didn’t show.