Wednesday, December 05, 2007
There are good hockey players and there are famous hockey players and there are those who are both.
Tonight one of the latter plays his third game of the season, his first at home.
Fernando Pisani was always one of those unsung guys, a low draft pick, a hometown boy who made the local team and played a good solid game. A professional player who did all of the little things necessary to help his team win.
This all changed in the spring of '06. Whenever the Oilers needed a big goal, more likely then not it was Pisani who was scoring it. Two goals in the third period of G6 against the Wings. The game winner, shorthanded, in OT!, in G5 of the Finals. A third period goal to bring the Oilers within one in G7, a near miss to tie it.
If Ryan Smyth had had Fernando Pisani's playoff he'd be an Oiler for life.
This summer Pisani became famous for a different reason as it was revealed that he was suffering from ulcerative colitis, a disorder that threatened his career and, possibly, his life.
Tonight he is back on Edmonton ice for the first time this season. Here's hoping that the crowd gives him an ovation that he will never forget.
And here's hoping that the Oilers continue on their roll. Eight of their last twelve and a couple of winnable games left this week. My expectations honestly remain low but the kids have pulled themselves out of the basement - they are playing fun hockey and they are winning and its nice to see. They're working hard and they deserve it.
Posted by Black Dog at 5:28 PM