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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My parade ride

I don't get to tell this story all that often, so here goes...

I went to the Islanders Cup parades in 1980 and 1981 as a spectator, but by 1982 this high school senior was working on Islander telecasts.  So on the day of the parade I was able to get into the assembly area at the Coliseum to say hello to some friends and take some pictures close to the guys who had just won their third straight Cup.

As the parade was ready to get started, a man grabbed my arm and pulled me into one of the pickups that was being used for the parade so as an 18-year-old I rode down Hempstead Turnpike, waving to the crowd, and into Carltun on the Park for the ceremony.

The man who grabbed me was Cup Winner turned radio announcer Jean Potvin, and he turns 65 today.  Happy birthday Jean!

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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