The last man alive who knows how it feels for a team to dig itself out of the deepest of craters will not be watching to see if these Devils can accomplish the feat.
Wally Stanowski is 93. He has cataracts in his eyes that keep him from driving, plus a bad back and other assorted aches and pains leftover from a hockey career that ended 61 years ago. But none of that is the reason he isn’t glued to the TV during the Stanley Cup Finals.
“I don’t follow hockey — I think it stinks!” he said in a phone interview from his suburban Toronto home. “All they do is shoot the puck in and then fight like hell to get it. Where is all the skill in the game? It’s terrible hockey!”