During a visit to the United Kingdom this summer, my wife and I stayed a couple of nights with some friends who moved to the countryside where roads are really narrow and the shoulder is comprised of a 10-foot hedge. One of the days was transfer-deadline day, which is every bit as big and overhyped as the NHL trade deadline and free-agent frenzy.
It was during that trip that my host revealed his allegiance as a Norwich City supporter. He spoke wistfully and nostalgically about the 1993 season when his team finished third in the Premier League. Third. Apparently for a team that has virtually no chance of ever winning anything and basically serves as a supplier of players to the richest teams in the league, taking bronze 26 years ago is considered an historic event.
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.