This is Bill (William) Kenneth Goldthorpe. Goldie. Wild Bill. Harpo. The legend and the truth are not close. There are a few documented truths: He played for Port Arthur, the same town that produced (J) Bob Kelly. He was probably the toughest man in NHL history, and only because Goldie didn’t make it that far.
In 1980 in San Diego, Goldthorpe was shot in the stomach while trying to rescue an ex-girlfriend. He was a successful body builder. He was the inspiration for the character Ogie Ogilthorpe in the movie Slap Shot.
He may not have had a lot of talent, but he had character. He also played a few games for the Ottawa Civics (WHA) when that league was trying to create interest. Goldthorpe is probably more interesting than any of the current Ottawa Senators. That may be part of the problem.
The Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers have one very large fact in common: they lost a lot of men in the heart of their NHL careers in a very short period and replaced them with youngsters who may or may not develop. In doing so, they “cut off” the cluster of players who should be winning championships at this time.
Both teams have rosters that look askew, although the Oilers have repaired some of the damage since the summer of 2006. I’m sure Ottawa will too, and the new GM is going to have to trade some of the guys who should be bringing a Stanley to the nation’s capital.
A word of advice: get 5 assets for Jason Spezza.