Many in the hockey world mourned the loss of legendary tough guy Dave Semenko on Thursday – but perhaps no one appreciated him more than Wayne Gretzky.
For years, and especially during Edmonton’s unforgettable Stanley Cup run during the mid-1980’s, few opponents dared to take a run at #99, nor his superstar teammates like Messier or Kurri – because it was common knowledge that if you breathe on those guys, you’d have big Dave to deal with.
Off the ice, however, the enforcer was known for his big heart and his sense of humor. And those traits are what Gretzky chose to remember in issuing the following statement;
“One of the first Oilers I met in 1978, I didn’t know at the time the impact he would have in my life and my career. He was the toughest player I knew and yet the biggest Teddy Bear you would ever know. A beloved Oiler that will be missed dearly because of his kind heart and funny sense of humor. He made us all better people. RIP #27, thanks for your friendship”.