Friday, September 16, 2011
The Royal Wedding
To end a week that included the Isles re-signing John Tavares to a long extension and Josh Bailey to a shorter one, a wedding.
In Islander lore, a Royal Wedding.
This weekend, Brianna Gillies (daughter of Clark) and Justin Bourne (son of Bob) will take the one-way walk down the aisle. Two of the eight leading scorers in Isles history (542 goals, 1205 points, 8 Cups between them) will be the proud fathers.
As Justin explained here: http://www.jtbourne.com/breeding-the-uber-islander/ the seeds for this weekend were rekindled at his father's Hall of Fame night in 2006.
The fathers go way back...two of the Saskatchewan boys that made this franchise. Perhaps - just perhaps - there was an early sign, before either the bride or groom were born. It was April of 1980 -- Clark Gillies scored an overtime goal to beat the Bruins in game 1 and the very next night Bob Bourne scored to do the same in game 2.
Follow Justin's musings @jtbourne and as they in the old country: Mazel Tov!
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick