There's been a lot of talk about fighting in hockey lately. Fans often think of hockey players as nothing more, and the goons are often labeled as the cement-heads of all jocks.
But that is not always the case. Take a look at Don "Big Bird" Saleski.
There was a time when Don Saleski represented all that was wrong in hockey. Along with other members of the Broad Street Bullies such as "Hound Dog" Kelly, "Hammer" Schultz, and "Moose" Dupont, Saleski was one of the noted goons on a team that knew no rule book. Nicknamed "Big Bird" because his wild hair reminded many of the Sesame Street character, Saleski would be sure to enter upon or create any fracas involving another Flyers player, whether it was necessary or not. Any fracas included with fans, which in 1976 got him charged in Toronto, though nothing ever came of the charges.
But Saleski was anything but the meat-head most people made him out to be and many fans still remember him as.
No, Don Saleski has put aside his hockey reputation and hockey in general, and has since become one of the most successful people in the world of big business. Full Story