I talk about my time playing with Mr Hockey, Gordie Howe on Episode 12 of my podcast View from the Penalty Box
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