Marc-Andre Fluery is universally known as a nice guy. Occasionally, that gets the former Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender into some trouble. Let me tell you a story.
It was in Montreal – where the Penguins are now, for a game Saturday night against the Canadiens – the first week of February 2009.
Fleury was starting that night. After the morning skate at Bell Centre, he was surrounded at his stall in the visiting locker room by French-language reporters.
French-Canadian players are always swarmed by those reporters.
The accommodating Fleury answered questions in French and probably got in some laughs, then hit the showers.
I was on that road trip, covering the game that night, and was waiting out one of a couple players who were on the ice a long time after their teammates at the morning skate to get a couple of interviews. Sergei Gonchar was rehabbing from shoulder surgery, and Tyler Kennedy of all things had gotten himself suspended for the Montreal game for coming off the bench to instigate a fight the previous game in Toronto. (Really, you can look it up.)