A Wayne Gretzky fan grows up to be his hero’s teammate on the New York Rangers:
“‘Gretz, I’m hungover. Maybe even a little drunk still. Can you keep the puck away from me today?’
“I could not believe I was saying this even as the words were coming out of my mouth. Was I really telling the greatest player in the history of the game—not to mention the finest passer ever—to keep the puck away from me?
“I was. And the Great One was great about it. ‘No problem, Prongs, I’ve been there myself.’
“Wait. Did he just call me Prongs? He knows my name? Somehow, that one line from Wayne put my mind at ease. Wayne knew my situation and he had my back. What a guy.”