> IIRC it made more sense for the Golden Eagles' goalies to wear #0
> instead of #1. The GE's had a radically different (for back then)
> vertical stripes running from the collar down to the cuff of the wrist.
No horizontal striping on the sleeve.> I remember seeing a game action
picture in the Vancouver Sun of Merlin
> Jenner after the GE's played in Vancouver.
Good ol' Merlin Jenner. He nickname was... that's right, you guessed it--
"The Magician". Only he wasn't all that magic in goal for Salt Lake. He did
make 63 saves one night as the Golden Eagles lost to Phoenix 3-1, however.
That hapened in the Golden Eagles' first season and no goalie in 25 years
ever broke that record, so that is MJ's claim to fame!
I remember looking through some files in the Eagles' front office when I
worked for them and on Jenner's player bio (each guy filled out his own) and
under the heading "other occupation" he put "farmer". Ah, the good old days
of minor league hockey!
Actually, Salt Lake goalies also wore #1 in those early days. They didn't
use a #30 until the second season, but a couple of guys wore #25, besides 0
and 1. #0 was usually relegated to the backups. But you're right, Ron. The
Eagles' sweater design was quite unusual and actually very innovative. I
always liked them a lot!
--Dave Soutter ( who was a big fan of Russ Gillow, Ernie Hicke, Bobby
Schmautz, Guyle Fielder, Moose Vasko and Danny Schock in those early days!)