Trevor was at a autograph signing cession in
a new Sport Mart store. When I got inside
there was Trevor and Jamie McCloughon, place
kicker for the Calgary Stampeders, sitting
near the front. I said great this isn't
going to take long. Until I seen the line
up. This line up started at the front of the
store and twisted around the isles and
towards the back then coming back
towards the front again in front of the two
players. I guess I was lucky Trevor's
signing cession was from 12:00 p.m. to 3:pm.
By the time I got to meet Trevor it was
your probably thinking what's the big deal,
right? Well by the time I got to speak to
Trevor there was a crowd of people all
around me asking me question about this
painting and getting their pictures taken
with me and the painting. I even had a
little boy ask me for my autograph. As I
approached the front of the table where
Trevor and Jamie were sitting they both just
looked at me wondering what the hell was
going on. Then there was a tug at my
pant leg as looked down to see yet another
little boy. He asked if he could have his
dad take a picture of Trevor ,the painting
you ever been in a strange place where
nobody knows you and everybody is looking
right at you?..WOW!"
I finally had my chance to talk to Trevor
and mentioned to him my intentions to create
limited edition prints. Gauging from the
response of the crowd at the store I told
him that it might be a good thing. I
gave him my business card and told him " I
think we'll be in touch one of these days".
Trevor looked at me shook my hand and said "
We sure will! " As I was leaving one of
parents in line asked me if I was going to
make prints and where they could get one.
All I could say was soon as I handed them
one of my business cards and told them to
get in touch with me in a week.
days later I received a message from Trevor
on my answering machine. He asked me if we
can get together on a certain date down at
the Olympic Saddledome as it was name back
in 1995, now the Pengrowth Saddledome.
He wanted to meet after they had their
pre-game practice in the morning. I
was so excited that I took the cassette tape
out of the answering machine and kept it in
a safe place. On that particular day my very
close friend Mike Laux and myself arrived at
the Saddledome and entered where Trevor told
me to enter, the players entrance. We
were met by a security personal who
kindly let us in. He in turn gave us
directions which way to turn and follow the
corridor under the bleachers that would lead
to the hallways that go to the dressing room
and to the ice surface. ( Those were his
exact words, I wrote them down..)
By this time my heart was beaten faster then
a speeding chicken. I was so overwhelm
that I didn't want to miss a moment. I
remember telling Mike " I hoped that we
remember this for the rest of our lives. "
were met by a person called Huey. I
didn't get his last name. Huey was the
teams equipment and caretaker person.
I remember him by the kindness that he
showed us and by giving us a taste of his
wonderful coffee, which by the way was a
great idea at the time. Huey
asked us to go with him and watch the
practice. We followed him through the
hallway under the bleachers that lead
to the ice surface and the Calgary Flames
bench. Once at the bench we had a great view
of the Saddledome and all it's glory. All
this time I was hanging on to my portfolio
that carried the painting of Trevor Kidd
which I called " Kidder # 37" and shaking
with anticipation of what was going to take
place. The players were coming off the ice
after their practice, I don't remember all
the players but I do remember getting the
hell out of the way cause some of these guys
were huge. Of course there was the players
like Gary Roberts, Cale Hulse,
Robert Reichel, Rick Tabaracci,
Ed Ward, and a short guy by the name of Theo
Fleury, just to name a few. Then
Kidder approached the bench and took his
mask and catching glove off skated off the
ice. Approached Mike and I and shook our
hands . Even though it was sweaty and
smelly, it was one of those handshakes that
I couldn't see myself forgetting.
After our greeting, Kidder asked if we could
wait outside the locker until the team had a
meeting and then he would come out and get
us. Considerable time had past before
he emerged from the locker room and invited
us in. Once in the room it was a typical
dressing room atmosphere. The sweaty smell,
the moisture in the air, the equipment being
hang up by Huey and another gentleman.
Kidder brought Mike and myself over to his
changing area. I was just amazed. I was
standing in the Calgary Flames dressing
room. Very cool....Some of the players were
still around, although I'd hope that the
whole team was there but still there was an
audience to look at my work of Kidder #37.
First Gary Roberts came over to see it and
Kidder introduced us . At that time Gary was
injured with a neck injury.
something happened that I will never ever
forget for the rest of my life...From my
right side of the dressing room, well
actually in the shower room door way ready
to go have a shower there stood Theo Fleury
butt naked saying in his deep voice " That
doesn't look like you Kidder ". Then
laughing at his own remark. I'll tell you
what, as quickly as we turned our heads in
the direction of the voice the quicker we
turned back. I will never forget that
moment...That was one of those moments that
Mike and I laughed about all the way home...
other players came over to see the artwork.
Kidder and I had small talk about the
printing of " Kidder #37 ". I finally got to
ask him if I could see his mask, Trevor
hesitation was noticeable do to the fact
that most goalies are so superstitious of
someone else touching their equipment or
shaking hands with someone just before game
time. In some cases it meant the end of that
piece and off to buy a new one.
delight he let me hold his mask. I was
speechless and mesmerized by the detail of
the painting of a dragon on it. I asked
Kidder if my friend Mike could take a
picture of me holding his mask and Kidder
beside me. Of course he agreed..
But here is the
thing, as Kidder and myself were standing
side by side and got our mugs shots
together, after the flash went off I felt
something move under my foot. As I looked
down to see what was moving I noticed Kidder
move his foot away. I realize then that I
had stepped on his pinky toe......not funny
at all. Remember I mentioned how
superstitious goalies are and how they don't
like it when someone else touches their
equipment or in this case...them just before
Well that night the Flames lost against
Chicago 6 to 2. OOPS!!
This is a 16" x 20" drawing of
of the Calgary Flames and Paul DiPietro of the
Toronto Maple Leafs.
Copyright by Joe Versikaitis
Trevor Kidd while playing for the Calgary Flames,
came out of his net to stick handle the puck.
Paul DiPietro from the Maple Leafs came around from behind and
took it away.
The drawing is framed and also signed by Trevor Kidd.
Kidd signing drawing."
Photograph of Trevor and Paul used in this drawing was taken by
Jim wells, Calgary Su
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