Since Terry Pegula looked over at Gilbert Perreault during that first press conference, and with watery eyes, said “Where’s Perreault? You’re my hero,” many fans from the newest generations have had two things on mind:
- Gilbert Perreault must have been very good.
- I wish I would have been able to see him play.
Well sports fans, this is 2011 – twenty five years since his retirement in 1986. A bit of disconnect is understandable. Still, we’re in the fast lane of the information revolution now.
If you have never seen Perreault in action, here’s your chance. Be forewarned though – his skating is so effortless that upon first glance, it might not seem like he is breaking some of the principal laws of physics.
Take it away, Aram Khachaturian:
“Have you ever seen him skate?” asked Pegula, almost exasperated just in recounting his hero during that presser. Goodness! If you were watching Perreault’s feet in that video, now you know exactly why Pegula and the original fans of the Blue and Gold were so taken aback by the tap dancing blur that was lucky #11.