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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Cam and Kris talk about some new developments with their podcast and Cam answers a whole bunch of questions on everything from fighting to altering equipment to fight better to what’s a better stick – wood or composite?
Cam’s asked if he would ever write a book.
Cam goes into some of the worst hockey injuries he has witnessed including Barry Dean’s wrist being skated over by a player on his own team.
Potentially one of the worst hockey injuries ever, when a player took a slapshot to the face and the puck was embedded in the player’s nose. Find out which player this was.
Cam ends with talking about all his injuries and how his body is today.
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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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We’re back from the holiday break.
In this episode, Cam Connor lists the top 5 fighters he has ever fought and shares some stories of these players and the fights that happened.
-What was it like to play hockey outside in a Winnipeg winter?
-Remembering hockey legend Johnny Bower, including a hilarious story of why Eddie Shack would only sign Johnny Bower’s name when giving autographs and not his own name
-Playing road games in Indianapolis, including when Cam was eating breakfast and saw a hostage taking involving a bank manager with a rifle to his head.
-A question about whether we would ever make a View from the Penalty Box t-shirt.
-Cam’s asked if he’s ever seen a fight like Joe Thornton’s where a chunk of his beard was ripped off, which reminds Cam of a story where Bobby Hull’s toupee was ripped off in a fight.
Spoilers below on the top 5 fighters Cam fought, if you would rather find out on the podcast, don’t scroll down…
In no particular order…
Behn Wilson. Cam talks about fighting Behn Wilson with a broken hand, which leads into a story about Tiger Williams and how he wasn’t a great fighter.
‘Bad News’ Gilles Bilodeau. One of the strongest fighters Cam has ever fought, but more of a goon.
Jack Carlson of the Carlson/Hanson Brothers and what made Jack the toughest of the three brothers.
Kim Clackson. They fought as opponents and even fought in the dressing room as teammates when Kim had skates on and charged at Cam who had bare feet. Cam kept trying to fight without getting his toes sliced off!
Cam ends the podcast with who he would rank as the toughest player he ever fought.
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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!