CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. –
Jamie Kennedy had not seen Bill (Goldie) Goldthorpe in 35 years before Thursday.
You would not have known about the reaction after they were reunited for a few minutes on Thursday morning.
& # 39; If he befriends you, it's forever, & # 39; Kennedy said afterwards. "I knew that before I got there, he would give me a hug."
And indeed, it happened in the Red Shores parking lot in Charlottetown Driving Park.
"That's Goldie for you."
It wasn't long before the smile went as smoothly as the stories they shared during their season together for the Syracuse Blazers of the North American Hockey League in 1973-74.
Goldthorpe held out his hand and took Kennedy's hat to look at a scar. As the story progresses, Kennedy was struck one evening with a full can of Miller beer.
Kennedy is in town for the P.E.I. from today. Golf Classic at the Fox Meadow Golf Course in Stratford and next week's Novus Celebrity Golf tournament at the Mill River Resort.
Kennedy was the second leader of the Balzers with 44 goals and 49 assists for 93 points in 71 games. Goldthorpe had 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 55 games. He also had 287 penalty minutes.
"I had to take care of boys like Jamie," Goldthorpe said.
"He went to the net. He did what he was told. He would fight, & # 39; Oh my god, he would fight with a drop of hat & # 39 ;," Kennedy said.
"He would stand up for boys. I just love him. I can't wait to see him," he said Wednesday night. "He is a very good guy. He is loyal to his teammates… Everyone would like to have him (in their team) but they (would not like) play against him."
Goldthorpe & # 39; s connection with the Kennedy clan was not limited to Jamie. He played for Jamie & # 39; s brother, Forbie, with the Richmond Wildcats of the Southern Hockey League in 1976-77.
"It's great to see Forbie and Jamie," Goldthorpe said.
Thursday was a much different response than Goldthorpe's previous memory of a visit to the island in 1971.
"The last time I was here I got beaten in junior hockey," he said. "You come here now and everyone is shaking your hand, so it's a relief."
Goldthorpe was 16 years old and played for the Thunder Bay Marrs in the quarter final of the Eastern Centennial Cup against the Charlottetown Islanders.
"We had a very good youth team, but we were all young." Goldthorpe said.
"These guys were waiting in the weeds for us. They gave it to us. We are defeated physically and on the scoreboard.
"I told them everything I was going to hunt and pound them," Goldthorpe said, noting that he had collected a few scores over the years.
The Islanders won the series in six games, beat Detroit Junior Red Wings in six games and then lost the first Centennial Cup final in six games to the Red Deer Rustlers.
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Bill (Goldie) Goldthorpe
Who – A former minor league hockey player who was the inspiration for Ogie Ogilthorpe in the movie "Slap Shot".
Age – 66.
Residence – Hornepayne, Ont.
Life after hockey – Goldthorpe does construction work and speaking engagements. He now lives in Vancouver.
Did you know – He played with Kevin Devine with the San Diego Mariners in 1975-76.