-Cam runs into Wayne Gretzky and shares his encounter with the Great One.
-Cam remembers his first NHL goal
-A listener asks how to improve the Edmonton Oilers (take a drink when Cam can’t pronounce Magnus Paavarji’s name)
-Cam’s thoughts on Connor McDavid (and his parents) being heckled by ‘fans’ in Edmonton
-Cam shares his ‘list’ of the top players he had the privilege to play with.
-Was there a player in the WHA that deserved to have played in the NHL?
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Cam’s off to catch a flight, but not before he shares some more interesting hockey stories including:
-Why was Cam banned from playing hockey in Finland?
-Cam shares what he did with the jerseys he wore and shares a hurtful story about a friend who stole his New York Rangers jersey (among others).
-A story of Cam giving a loyal fan one of his game worn jerseys and what Cam received in the mail years later.
-Cam’s thoughts on Olympic inspiration Mark McMorris.
-Thoughts on the Greatest Team ever fan voting (Edmonton Oilers 1984-85 won the vote)
-Why Cam tried hypnotism to get him focused on the ice
-Why Cam thinks there will never be another hockey dynasty.
We also announce the winner of the t-shirt/puck contest. Thanks for all the t-shirts you purchased to help support the podcast. It’s appreciated.
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In today’s episode, Kris talks about knocking out his front tooth over the weekend and compares it to how, in all Cam’s years of fighting, he never lost a tooth. What was his secret? And why isn’t his nose all banged up either?
Kris brings up an interesting fact that Cam played pro hockey without wearing socks in his skates – he skated barefoot. Who recommended this tactic and who recommended he run around in his hockey skates in his backyard during the summer?
Cam shares a hilarious story about Frank Beator who was wanted by the police who showed up between periods to come get Frank, but Frank outsmarted them. You’ll never guess where he hid.
A listener question about who Cam thinks is the toughest player currently playing in the NHL.
Cam then goes into the background of concussions in the 1970s/80s and how the term concussion was never ever discussed and goes into details about the ‘tough it out’ culture when he played.
To end the episode, Cam opens up about his struggles with concussion symptoms to this day.
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As we take a break for the holidays, we’re leaving you with some of Cam’s best stories from 2017.
Where else can you find stories on:
-John Cena, John Gotti, Wayne Gretzky, Montreal Canadiens, winning the Stanley Cup, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ken Dryden, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, bench brawls, Slapshot, playing in the WHA and NHL, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and the controversy about having Cam Connor’s name on the Stanley Cup, and more!
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Happy Holidays and see you in the new year.
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)
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