It was the end of practice here the other day when Bakersfield Condors head coach Gerry Fleming gathered the team at centre ice.
“Watch this,” said Edmonton Oilers roving organization skating coach David Pelletier, sitting on the visitor’s bench with your correspondent. “He’s going to tell them that Laurent Brossoit has been selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game.”
Suddenly there was an explosion of stick banging, hooting, hollering, back-slapping and pad-wacking.
“You watched me find out,” said Brossoit a minute later.
“I’m very excited. I’m happy to be named. It’s good to have NHL All-Star on your resume.”
The moment begged the question.