The Hall-of-Famer fell in love with the state 30 years ago and now plays it cool on the shore of Sebago Lake.
The name on the stationery’s letterhead read D. Bradford Park, a retiree living in Maine. He was asking for help. A newly purchased pellet stove was no longer heating his lakefront home.
A copy of the letter, addressed to Maine’s Attorney General, was sent to the Maine Sunday Telegram with a note of explanation. Yes, the man admitted, he once played hockey.
Wait. Could this be Brad Park, the defenseman who followed Bobby Orr into the hearts and minds of Boston Bruins fans in the 1970s soon after he was traded from the New York Rangers? The same Brad Park who was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1988?
Yes, it turns out that the Brad Park has been living inconspicuously on the western shore of Sebago Lake for parts of 30 years with his wife, Gerry, and their five children.