In anticipation of tonight’s Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins game, here’s a throwback clip from 1980 of an epic brawl that I got to witness first hand. Watch the crowd reaction and how pissed off Glen Sather gets.
This all happens because Kim Clackson whacked Wayne Gretzky on the side of his head with his stick.
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?
Cam talks about his time playing for the New York Rangers and what is was like to live in New York in 1980s (including meeting Madonna and another mafia run in).
-Finding out he was traded to New York (over the radio!)
-Telling Glen Sather the last place he wanted to play was in New York
-How wrong he was about New York and how it was an amazing place to live
-Cam finding out that coach Fred Shero actually meant to trade for Colin Campbell not Cam Connor!
-What it was like to play for coaches Fred Shero and Herb Brooks
-How Craig Patrick as the new General Manager was not great for Cam
-Thoughts on teammates Tom Laidlaw and Ron Duguay
-An emotional story that chokes Cam up to tell about a rink attendant named Tony with the short leg
Stay Tuned for Part 2 where Cam discusses Phil Esposito, Don Maloney, John Davidson, getting sent to the minor leagues for the first time in his career and Cam shares a story about a fan who pulled a gun during a game which led to chaos and even hockey players leaving in handcuffs.