HILDEN - A local hockey legend took a trip down memory lane on Wednesday as he sat at the kitchen table of an old friend, who happens to be a sports memorabilia collector, to go through old hockey pictures and programs from the early 1970s.
Lyle Carter, a goalie who played 15 games for the California Golden Seals during the 1971-72 NHL season, said seeing names on old rosters brought back images of his former teammates and their personalities.
"It brings back good memories," Carter, a Brookfield resident, said.
Carter's friend, Terry Payne, is a local collector of anything sports related. He takes special care to purchase things from Carter's era on the chance Carter and his team are mentioned. This way, the old friends can share their love of sports history.
"It's always an enjoyment when Terry and I talk," Carter said.
Carter was amazed to see Payne's kitchen table full of old 40-year-old programs and pictures, many of which he had never seen before as they weren't given out to players.
"It brings back good memories," he said, looking at a photo of himself in net, noting the old goalie masks they wore.
Payne, of Hilden, hunts online to find any new memorabilia that catches his eye, and every now and then the two get together to pour over Payne's newest additions. Payne would pass any program that caught his eye on his kitchen table to Carter so he could expand on it.
"It's quite amazing how he comes up with this stuff," Carter said. "It really touches your memory."
Carter, who writes two weekly columns for the Truro Daily News, said he's touched by how Payne goes to great lengths to buy anything that might mention his former hockey days.
"I'm amazed at Terry's generosity," he said. "It's very nice of him to do this for me."
Payne said he enjoys sitting down with Carter to reflect on his hockey days. He said Carter is humble, and he deserves recognition for his accomplishments.
"Anything I find with Lyle in it doesn't get re-sold," Payne said. "People don't realize how good he was."
Payne's kitchen table was stacked with programs and pictures, and the friends poured over each piece. One opposing team's program had a mocking article on Carter in the nets, but Payne chalked it up to the team just being mad they had lost the game.
Carter was one of the top rookies entering the NHL when he joined the Golden Seals. Before the NHL, Carter split his time playing between the AHL's Montreal Voyagers, and the EHL's Clinton Comets.
Carter also starred in the IHL in 1970-71, winning the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP and the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the fewest goals against in the regular season.