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?
Finishing up Cam’s time with the New York Rangers.
Cam shares stories about:
-Phil Esposito and what he learned from playing with him
-A hilarious story about calling the wrong number (don’t want to give away the story)
-Thoughts on John Davidson and the pranks Cam would play on him
-Cam’s memories of the NY Rangers, New York fans and playing in Madison Square Gardens
-Why he got sent to the minors and how he dealt with it
-Playing for the New Haven Nighthawks and why he rejected being the captain of the team
-Playing for the Tulsa Oilers, a team that only played away games, but ending up winning the championship
-Tales of an epic fight that ended with both hockey players and fans in handcuffs and a gun being pulled
-Finally, we share the time Cam’s son showered with a supermodel
Cam discusses what it was like to play for the Montreal Canadiens during their dynasty years and with 9 legendary hockey players that ended up making the Hockey Hall of Fame.
-What was it like to play in Montreal?
-How did Cam end up back in Montreal after choosing to play in the WHA?
-What were the fans like?
-Was it intimidating to play next to such legends?
-Stories about Guy Lafleur, Scotty Bowman, Ken Dryden and most of the 1978-79 Habs roster.
Cam also shares stories of his friend and teammate George McPhee and predicts how the new Las Vegas Golden Knights team will do in their first year.
He shares a side story about living in New York, including witnessing a John Gotti mob hit (against Paul Castellano).
Stay tuned for Part 2 which is a can’t miss episode where Cam describes what it’s like to win the Cup, scoring the double overtime goal and what he did to former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, in the Montreal Canadiens lockerroom after winning the Stanley Cup!
Cam first answers some questions from the listeners:
-Who is the best enforcer/fighter past or present in the NHL?
-What was it like hanging out with Andre the Giant?
Cam then continues his remembrance of his friendship with Roddy Piper, including:
-How they lost touch and reconnected.
-What did Cam think of Pipers Pit?
-What did Cam think of Rod pursuing acting and They Live?
-The time when John Cena threatened to kick Cam’s ass and what did Cam end up doing?
-The last time Cam spoke with Rod
-Kris shares some stories of hanging out with Rod and Cam just one month before Rod’s passing
Next episode is back to hockey talk.
Cam shares his favorite stories of his friendship with wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper. In part 1, Cam talks about the early years with Rod, including how they met – by brawling of course. From hitchhiking to Toronto to picking dandelions to use as heat for Rod’s first wrestling match, we hope you enjoy getting to know this special friendship.
Also Cam talks about signing contracts and the huge mistakes he made that cost him thousands and thousands of dollars.
Cam shares some behind the scene stories of his time with Wayne Gretzky, including the time Glen Sather asked him to take a young Gretzky out for drinks. He also mixes in a great Kevin Lowe story as well and comments on how impressive the new Rogers Place arena is in Edmonton.
Cam discusses why he took figure skating lessons and he reflects on what the city and people of Houston mean to him.
Welcome to the first episode of the View from the Penalty Box with former NHL hockey player Cam Connor. This episode is a quick introduction of what the View from the Penalty Box with Cam Connor is all about.
Cam discusses the recent passing of Dave Semenko; why Cam chose the WHA over the NHL/Montreal Canadiens; and talks about playing junior hockey in Flin Flon, Manitoba.