I've spent the last 24 hours talking, texting and emailing with other guys around Hollywood who, like me, had the pleasure of knowing and playing hockey with Alan Thicke. We are all still reeling from his death at age 69.
While I didn't know Alan as well as many of the Hollywood industry hockey players with whom I often play in charity games, Alan was so damn personable and genuine, you felt like you were his best friend.
I connected earlier today with one of Alan's longtime hockey buddies, Cuba Gooding Jr., who summed up a lot of our feelings very poetically—that Alan, best known as Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, was more than just a TV dad. His paternal quality extended into real life.