American Gary Suter
Reader C.C. in Edmonton comments:
And any Flames fan wishing to convict Mark Messier of dirty play had better at least mention the words "Gary Suter", or be prepared to be dismissed as a five-Cup-envying whiny little bitch...
Gary Suter. On the plus side, he racked up points delivering 70-foot cross-ice 5-on-4 passes to Al MacInnis and floating 62mph wrist shots on goal for easy rebound goals for Loob and friends. On the minus side, he:
- Caused a premature age deterioration in Wayne Gretzky's play with a cheap hit in the back
- Helped trash his part of the Olympic Village in Nagano (allegedly!)
- Cross-checked Paul Kariya in the head, beginning his deterioration as a superstar, and may have cost Canada the '98 hockey gold in the process
Unlike Messier, Suter's thuggery is and will always be the lede in his hockey obituary, and rightly so. Slightly off-topic, I called bullshit on Sheila Copps last month for recycling the old tale of Ben Johnson becoming "Jamaican-born Ben Johnson" after Seoul. This phenomenon most certainly did happen in Calgary newspapers with Gary Suter after he left town - it was like he had a new first name! See the title of this post.
But anyway, if you want to see me be a whiny little bitch, just send Messier to confront me! I ran into him (not literally, thank God) in a golf shop in the late '80s. TV fails to do this guy justice. He was wearing Dockers and a windbreaker, and he still looked like he was carved out of granite. No wonder he pounded Joel Otto into a pulp!
Oh, Joel Otto was a 6'-4", 220-pound professional athlete in his mid-twenties.