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’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 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.