We bring you a special 2 hour episode where Cam Connor revisits the movie Slapshot and provides a running commentary of the movie.
Through stories, Cam remembers this era and in fact watched the Slapshot movie in a theatre with Gordie Howe, so Cam provides a bit of Howe’s perspective as well. Let’s just say Gordie wasn’t too happy how hockey players were portrayed.
We hope you enjoy this episode and all the stories and memories shared.
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We have a short episode, but wanted to record an episode so we could announce what our next special episode will be about. Also, SORRY for the audio issues, we had to borrow a microphone to record this. Next episode will be back to our normal mic so thanks for your understanding.
-What made Cam turn off the TV during the Canada game at the World juniors tournament
-Memories of a stressful all star tournament and the stress had nothing to do with hockey
-A great story about helping his friend, John Mazur, play one game in the WHA and we talk about his uncle Spider Mazur
-Tom Laidlaw wanting to be a truck driver when his hockey career ended
-How good the hockey players were in the 1950s and 60s when there were only six teams
-Announcement about our next episode which will be a format change.
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Episode 41 of the View From the Penalty Box is up. I was particularly touched by the Zamboni driver, David Ayres, playing in an NHL game so I discuss this moment and if anything like that ever happened when I played.
Other topics include:
A Winnipeg Jets player (WHA) who was walking to the arena, gets robbed, stripped down to his underwear and has to try to convince security that he’s actually a hockey player.
A listener asks if Cam has any stories about Mark Wells and the 1980s Olympic gold medal team. Cam talks about how the team winning gold was bad for his career and explains why. Talks about Mark Pavlich and the Smurfs line.
Cam talks about Edmonton Oilers player Tyler Benson and what the Oilers coach did for Tyler that made Cam proud.
Another listener asks who besides Cam is the only other player to play with both Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe.
Did they really throw a moose leg on the ice when the Flin Flon Bombers won a game?
A family member of Larry Hale writes in to talk about the legacy of Larry Hale.
View From the Penalty Box episode 38 is now up and it’s a heavy one, but ends with a couple great classic hockey stories.
-How is Cam’s Stanley Cup prediction team doing two months into the season?
-Bill Peters abuse allegations and Cam’s thoughts on abuse in hockey
-Has Cam ever seen a coach become physical with a player before?
-Sean Avery’s claims against Marc Crawford
-Daniel Carcillo’s claims against Darryl Sutter
-Cam talks about how coaches went from having all the power to now players mostly do
-Where is John Tonelli?
-A great story of how Coach Bill Dineen searched for Steve Durbano in the nightclubs to avenge an earlier fight Durbano had against Terry Ruskowski. Durbano slashed Ruskowski’s eye and Dineen was pissed!
-Why did Guy Lafleur retire and then rejoin the NHL?
-Are enforcers typically mild mannered outside of hockey?
-Did players really tape nickles or glass onto their knuckles before a fight?
-Cam remembers one of the few players he was afraid to fight: Bob Gassoff