A co-worker thought he finally had me stumped.
"I met a former NHLer the other day that even you haven't heard of," he beamed.
I took the bait. "Oh yeah, who's that?"
"Yeah, yeah," I said. "Gordie Walker. He played for the Kings briefly. Right around the time Gretzky arrived. He wore 45, I think. Yeah, I remember him."
"Wow, you really do know your hockey," he conceded.
I agreed, though I didn't actually say that. I just continued.
"He's a BC kid, from the Kootenays somewhere."
Castlegar, to be exact.
"Played for the Rangers, too, I think."
He did. 19 games over two seasons before being traded to the Kings with Mike Siltala in exchange for tough guy Joe Paterson.
"He's got a kid, Luke, I believe, who was playing in one of those former Yugoslavian countries last I heard."
Medveščak Zagreb of the KHL. I think I can be forgiven for not knowing the exact team name. It's in Croatia, by the way.
Luke was also drafted by the NHL - 139th overall by Colorado back in 2010.
That's about all I knew Gordie Walker, off the top of my head. Not bad, if I may say so myself.
Now I know he's in the home building business.