Gary was nice enough to personalize the photo I sent, along with signing two cards.
A 75/76 Topps...
and a 78/79 OPC.
Gary was also nice enough to send a hand written letter to me thanking me for my interest in his career and answering a couple of questions I had asked him in my fan letter.
I asked Gary about what it was like being a goalie for an expansion team in the early '70's NHL.
He responded that, while it was very challenging at times, it was still playing the greatest game in the greatest league in the world.
About his nickname of 'The Cobra", Gary told me that a teammate of his while playing for the Phoenix Coyotes of the WHL in 1972 told a reporter that his new goalie was "lightning quick, like a cobra."
The reporter put that in his newspaper column, and the name stuck.
Thank you Mr Simmons!!!!