King Richard Brodeur, hero of the 1982 Stanley Cup finals run.
Sometime later in the mid 1980s Brodeur came to my hometown, Terrace, BC, to sign autographs at the local sporting goods store. I still remember showing up that morning and seeing the long line up to see The King. It stretched outside the store, down the block, and, for some reason, across an intersection. Even as a kid I wondered why they didn't wind around the block instead of blocking traffic. Good thing it was a small town.
After seeing the line-up my mind quickly turned to worrying about not getting to see Brodeur. There was an awful lot of people. But we did get in, several hours later, and we got a team issued card and a mini-goal stick signed. It was a quick sighting though. There was so many people they just kept the line moving as fast as possible.
What I remember most about that day is my mom. She was staring at the photo card and at the guy signing the memorabilia. To this day she is convinced Brodeur's lookalike agent/event handler/whoever the other guy was actually signed our card and stick. Why? She figured there was so many people signing that my favorite goalie's writing hand needed a break!
Here's more on the career of King Richard Brodeur. And here's a YouTube look back at King Richard's reign in 1982: