Of great concern to the team was the whereabouts of Bowman. Curry had tried opening Bowman’s door; it wouldn’t open and Curry feared Bowman was unconscious and blocking the door. Because Curry had stayed behind to find Bowman, he too became trapped and was forced out onto a balcony. Serge Savard kicked his way through the “unbreakable” glass in an effort to reach Bowman’s room, while Dale Hoganson made his way into Bowman’s room but found it empty. Unbeknown to everyone still inside, Bowman had already made it onto his balcony, where he was eventually rescued. Jacques Laperriere had a close call as well: he was sleeping so soundly that only when a firefighter pounded on his door did he awaken and evacuate the building.
Ten people were treated for smoke inhalation, and Serge Savard was sent to the hospital, where he received 18 stitches for the gash in his leg that resulted from kicking the glass out. Floyd Curry was treated for a lacerated hand, and Bowman was treated briefly for smoke inhalation at the scene.
“There is no way we can thank those hockey players,” said Sally Myers. She and her elderly father were rescued from a balcony by J.C. Tremblay. The Woodson Terrace (suburb) chief of police, John Stuller, said “we have nothing but praise for those Canadian hockey players. They were great.”
-- by Jennifer Conway