Club, you caught DD on a bad day. He was a great guy. Willis Reed was the best
I have always said it, and Yimmy will second it, Hockey players have always been the most approachable athletes of the major sports.
I attribute to a Canadian small town thing, and the hard work and sacrifice their families make to get them to the NHL.
Canadians from places other than TO (and, yes, even some Trawnans) are also amazed and flattered if you know something about their hometowns, juniors teams, whatever. And it never hurts to speak a few words of this or that foreign language, not just French, but Svenska, Czech, Slovak, Russian, and of course Finnish.