Throughout the '70's, as the Flyers and Canadiens battled for hockey supremacy, Bob Kelly and Pierre Bouchard staged many a bruising battle.
(This next paragraph should be read while humming the tune from "The Odd Couple.")
"In 1980, Bob Kelly was asked by Philadelphia to remove himself from his place of residence. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of the Washington Capitals. A year earlier, Montreal had thrown Pierre Bouchard out, requesting that he never return. Can two relocated men share an ice surface without driving each other crazy?"
Kelly recalled the surreal arrangment in a chat with thehockeynews.com. "In 1980, I end up in Washington. Pierre Bouchard ends up in Washington. We end up in condos next to each other, three doors apart. One day he's playing with my kid."
Kelly smiles at the memory. "Something is wrong with this picture - five years ago he was beating the s--- out of me."