Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Proper recognition

This isn't a knock against him - no, sir, not in the least little bit -- but getting an autograph from Hall of Famer Joe Mullen, an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers, just doesn't carry the same oomph, I believe, as getting one from, say, Bobby Clarke.

I wonder why that is?

Mullen had a solid career, becoming the first U.S.-born player to score 500 goals and 1,000 points, and turning a humble beginning in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, N.Y., into a full ride into hockey's hallowed hall.

Still, adding a Hall of Famer is adding a Hall of Famer. In fact, I wouldn't mind adding him to a few more pucks, namely the Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues and USA Hockey.

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