We’ve received a lot of questions, so episode 15 is dedicated to answering some of these questions.
-Cam recounts a fight where he ended up getting chased by a guy carrying a double-bladed axe!
-Cam is asked about an epic fight he witnessed between Kim Clackson and Dave Semenko (who was defending Wayne Gretzky’s honor)
-A Paul Baxter story that Cam regrets to this day, and what may have been the first ever incident of a lawsuit based on “assault on the ice”
-How Cam felt being inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
-Question about Kevin Bieksa’s Superman punch
-Cam talks about his teammate Mike Backman, who got into an on ice fight and received 58 stitches from ONE punch.
-Advice on stitches and what to put on a scar so it doesn’t scar as bad
-Cam’s asked about his big playoff goal (NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers)
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Cam Connor discusses why he ended his hockey career and the injuries surrounding that decision, which included a broken back.
Questions and topics include:
-Why did it take two years for Cam’s broken back to be diagnosed by team doctors?
-What happens when a player retires?
-What, if any, player reached out to him once he left the game.
-The transition from professional hockey to the ‘real world’ and the lack of services and support for players making that transition back then.
-Why can’t some players make the transition away from hockey?
-What was it like that last time he met Gordie Howe (when Howe was 82 years old)?
-Cam discusses Kris Russell accidentally scoring in his own team’s net and if that ever happened before to a teammate on his team?
-A quick check-in to see how Cam’s prediction that the Las Vegas Golden Knights will make the playoffs is faring.
-Another missed opportunity, Cam talks about the time he was asked (in 1981) to invest in this new product called…rollerblades/inline skates and he turned it down.
-Some stories of his public speaking events, including when he got locked inside a maximum security prison for hours to speak with 12 men convicted of murder!
Finishing up Cam Connor’s thoughts on the WHA – the once ‘rival league’ of the NHL.
Episode highlights include:
-Playing with the legendary Gordie Howe & his two sons, Mark and Marty
-Question about infamous hockey agent Alan Eagleson
-Question about hockey great Don Cherry
-Cam doesn’t hold back when talking about a coach he didn’t enjoy playing for, Sandy Hucul.
-Cam shares his thoughts on a lesser known player that he encourages everyone to google: Howie Young
-Memories about playing for the Houston Aeros and Phoenix Roadrunners
-Episode finishes up with what Cam misses about old school hockey
A must listen episode where Cam Connor shares his thoughts on what was the NHL’s rival league – the World Hockey Association (WHA). Was it really a rival league, what made the WHA work and what led to it’s downfall.
This episode includes what may be Cam’s best story yet – a story of an epic bench brawl involving the Hanson Brothers (from the movie Slapshot), Barry Dean, Paul Holmgren, and Curt Brackenbury. Yes, the WHA was really that tough of a league.
Cam answers questions about participating in the Sports All Star edition of Wipeout Canada; advice for someone trying to make the NHL and did the WHA really play with BLUE pucks?
Also, who did Cam say was a tasmanian devil to fight?
Part 2 includes Cam’s time with the legendary Gordie Howe and Howe’s two sons in the WHA.
Finishing up Cam Connor’s time with the Edmonton Oilers, Cam talks about some of the players he played with from Mark Messier to Kevin Lowe to Wayne Gretzky and Lee Fogolin.
Cam also discusses his coach, Glen Sather, as well as the eccentric owner of the Oilers – Peter Pocklington, including the advice a psychic gave him to stay away from Pocklington.
We finish up the podcast with thoughts on the current Edmonton Oilers team including Connor McDavid.
Cam Connor also played for the Edmonton Oilers during their rookie NHL year and with a team of future all stars.
The episode starts with reading some feedback from listeners and answering listener questions, including tips on fighting and how Cam became an Assistant Coach for the New Haven Nighthawks.
Other topics include:
-The importance of media training and public speaking for the top hockey stars
-Cam’s multiple injuries playing for the Edmonton Oilers
-What got Cam in hot water during his time in Edmonton
-Why Cam may be the only professional athlete to skip team picture day (and why he regrets that now)
-What was Glen Sather like as a coach?
-How was the team received in its first year?