Bernie Parent talks Winter Classic Alumni Game, 'staying horny'

Jim McIsaac

Bernie Parent is writing for Philly.com, and if his first column is any indication, it's going to be an interesting endeavor.

Well, that's a headline I never thought I'd write.

Bernie Parent is writing for Philly.com -- he tried to explain why in his first piece for them today, but it went right the hell over my head -- and boy, does it seem like it's going to be fun.

Bernie made his debut Friday and talked about unleashing your inner wolf, what that had to do with his decision to step on the ice at the Winter Classic Alumni Game, and uh ... Valentine's Day?

A few excerpts, first on his experience at the Winter Classic:

Without question, I had a tremendous amount of fears that most importantly included a failed performance, disappointing my fans and not being able to perform at the same level and create the same reaction I had 30 years prior. I had everything to lose and nothing to gain. I had no choice but to let the wolf take over and take the risk that ultimately proved to be one of the best decisions I had made for my life and career.

The five minutes that I was given on the ice during the Winter Classic Alumni game, surrounded by the best fans in America, were exhilarating and liberating. The feelings were equal to what I had felt after winning those back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. I had just filled a void that had been steadily increasing for 35 years, and as I stood with my teammates on center ice, the feeling I felt, no money in the world could ever buy it. What if I would have given in to my fear and sat the bench and just waved?

On V-Day advice for both single people and committed people:

Being that I am a seasoned ladies man and "Philadelphia's most interesting man," I have the same message for both types of people: Find your wolf.

And, in closing...

Stay horny, my friends.

--The Most Interesting Man in Philadelphia
Bernie Parent

I don't even know what just happened.

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