This is the 14th in our summer series where we are drawing hockey cards at random from a box and then writing about them.
There is a scant handful of Maple Leafs that we can stomach — namely, that Stajan guy and that Newberry guy, because we once misheard the play-by-play on CBC and thought they were talking about a player named Blueberry Stajan. Who wouldn’t cheer for Blueberry Stajan? Anyway, Alex Steen is borderline likable to us, but for the same hockey-centric sort of reason we like Blueberry. You see, Gentle Reader, there was a marvelous interview with Travis this past season that went a bit like this:
Interviewer: You grew up in Winnipeg, a fan of the Jets.
Interviewer: Are you excited tonight to be playing the Leafs, so you can talk to Alex Steen and tell him how much of a fan of his father’s you were when you were growing up?
Travis: [Thinking] The fuck? [Aloud] I played youth hockey with Alex. I used to talk to him all the time when we were growing up.
Interviewer: But have you talked to him recently?
Travis: Uhhh… no. No I haven’t.
Interviewer: So you must be really excited to be playing the Leafs tonight, so you can tell Alex how much his dad meant to you.
Travis: Look, I’m not a very smart guy, but I’m starting to think I’m not as dumb as you are…