Old Cat and Mr TibbsThursday, October 24, 2013 by: Joseph Corbiere
The Cat came back. Actually I’m not sure if he ever left.
I was at the Rankin arena last night and it certainly brought a tear to the eye.
Dan Sayers aka “Old Cat” was in the pipes.
He was using the legendary “Lobster”. (Danny’s affectionate name for his catching glove.)
And the always amazing Mr. Tibbs.
Myles Thibault still patrolling the blue line and wearing his familiar number 3.
I played a lot of hockey with Myles.
I began playing with him, with the GR Braves when I was 16 or 17.
Rick Nolan was coaching us back then. The high school hockey league shut down half way thru the year so I suited up with the Braves.
I still remember Rick saying “hey Corbz, you wanna stay with us...you gotta show us your dance moves”. So I promptly went out and engaged some young man in a round of fisticuffs.
I would like to remember that escapade as a unanimous decision.
Ahhhh those hockey memories.
Those old time Indian hockey tournys, I remember the late Bernie Jacobs, hitting me so hard I think my kids felt it.
I was 17 cocky and thought I could hit hard.
I got run over at centre ice.
Our trainer Merle Zack coming out “Hey Joey, do you know where you are? What day is it? How many fingers?” Myles rescued me then and evened up the score.
Games in Wiky were the best.
No love lost between Wiky and the Braves.
Getting escorted off the Island by the OPP, after having the bus back up to the arena door and load us up.
The only time I played with my younger brother, Gary was in a game in Blind River against the Mississauga boyz.
Both Gary and I in the penalty box, (surprise!!). Gary was tying his skate when some unfortunate
Warrior hollered out “Hey Corbiere, you a$$hole”.
Gary asked “who said that?” I pointed out the adventurous man and winced when Gary got out and ran over the poor slob a few times.
Gary then challenged the fellow, but there was no response to the bell.
Yeah lots of memories.
It’s great to see Old Cat and Mr Tibbs still playing.
Dan making those awe inspiring stops and Myles still trying to mix it up.