Iconic status was off in the future for the 22-year-old winger. The bushy moustache had yet to grow out and become a trademark.
“We bought our first home year three in Toronto,” said Lanny McDonald, reminiscing. “We’d just gotten married. The house was out in Port Credit. Mineola Street, I believe. A bungalow that had a bonus room up above the garage and it was the scariest thing in the world. Oh my gosh. I think it cost $125,000. We were making a good living, certainly no complaints, but buying a first house is frightening. Luckily, it turned out to be absolutely awesome."
“Darryl (Sittler) lived just down the way, on Mississauga Road. Wendy (Sittler) and (my wife) Ardell became great friends. Darryl and I would drive into the games and practices together. We had a great time in that first house. But that commitment … signing your name? Oh my God!”
For McDonald – the Hockey Hall of Famer and 1989 Stanley Cup champion whose iconic No. 9 was...