Podcast Episode 33: Stanley Cup finals; Dave Tippett as Oilers coach & why Cam wears shoulder pads from 1980

Episode 33

FIND US ON ITUNES AND SPOTIFY TOO. It’s the Stanley Cup finals and Cam Connor is back to discuss the most exciting week of hockey and make some more predictions. Check us out on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

The show starts with Cam talking about his recent Twitter photo of his shoulder pads from 1980 and he talks about why he still wears them. This reminds him that he just may have some Gordie Howe shoulder pads from back in his Houston Aeros days.

A&E/WWE flew to Edmonton to interview Cam about his friendship with wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, so Cam talks about how the interview went, what got him choked up and why Rod is one of the reasons Cam made the NHL.

When watching the finale of Survivor, Cam got a glimpse of a former teammate who looks to be competing on the next season of Survivor – Tom Laidlaw – so Cam shares his thoughts on Tom and how he thinks he will do on Survivor.

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Cam talks about the Stanley Cup finals and who he thinks will take the Cup. He compares this final to when the Montreal Canadiens faced the New York Rangers in the 1979 Cup Finals and shares some stories about that time.

Question time from the listeners:
-A listener asks Cam’s thoughts on a player named Dennis Sobchuck and what went wrong in his promising career. Cam does remember Dennis, tells people to Google him and gives his thoughts on his career
-A listener shares his memories of when he was a young boy and Cam gave him his stick, which again gets Cam choked up (most have been an emotional day!). It reminds Cam of a story when a player brushed off a young fan and how that enraged him
-Another email from a listener who is travelling from New Jersey to go to an Oilers game and Cam makes him an offer.

-Cam shares a story about receiving fan mail while playing for the New York Rangers and why fans would send Ron Duguay’s mail to Cam.

-The importance of confidence, but not over confidence. Cam talks about Wayne Gretzky and Guy Lafluer as prime examples.

-Dave Tippett was just announced as the new coach for the Edmonton Oilers (it’s been a revolving door of coaches for the Oilers over the years). Cam shares his thoughts on Tippett and whether he thinks Dave is the one to turn the Oilers around. Could Dave Tippett be like Herb Brooks?

-We end the episode with Cam talking about his once teammate and roommate, John Davidson, being announced as the new President of the New York Rangers. Cam shares his thoughts on John and why he is so likeable.

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Podcast Episode 31: Stanley Cup Predictions, Tobi Rieder/Bob Nicholson Drama and Scams

EPISODE 31

Cam Connor makes his annual Stanley Cup predictions. He did pretty well last year with Las Vegas Golden Knights, how will this year’s prediction turn out?

Topics include:
-Cam talks about the Edmonton Oilers drama between Bob Nicholson and Tobi Rieder. Who’s side is he on?
-Is hockey becoming a rich person’s sport? Will only the rich families be able to afford to put their kids in hockey?
-Thoughts on playing against Harry Howell in the WHA
-Cam answers a question about how he broke his hand and if he has memories of living in Phoenix? He does and it involves a whole bunch of scams including being hit by a drunk driver and offering him his car!

 

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-Should the NHL borrow from the WHA and have back-to-back games in the same city (to save on costs and the environmental impact of travel) (from a Globe and Mail article, link below)
-Cam is asked how he dealt with cliques in hockey and how that relates to a team’s success
-Did Cam ever fight his own teammate?
-How do you deal with a rival that gets traded onto your team and is now your teammate?
-Cam rants that the Edmonton Oilers fans deserve better.

Podcast Episode 30: Steve Durbano podcast, bench brawls & Muhammad Ali’s Shorts

EPISODE 30

We’re back for Episode 30 and it’s a Steve Durbano podcast episode and bench brawls!

Cam Connor’s name has been brought up over the past week as hockey fans and analysts predict that Montreal Canadiens could be facing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs this year. The last time those two teams played was in 1979 when Cam scored the double overtime goal in the playoffs, so Cam talks about the goal and addresses the goalie Mike Palmateer’s insulting comments after Cam scored on him.

Cam talks about Steve ‘Mental Case’ Durbano and what a crazy fighter he was and how even the toughest fighters didn’t want to fight him. If you haven’t heard of Steve Durbano, make sure to listen as he was wild and earned the nickname Steve ‘Mental Case’ Durbano.

A story about Serge Beaudoin and his wife’s hair catching on fire.

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Cam shares some fun Houston Aeros stories.

Kris asks whether there is a strategy for who sits where in the dressing room (are name plates strategically placed)?

Given the recent video of the university bench brawl, Cam talks about that bench brawl and remembers the three major bench brawls he was in, with one including the Slapshot brothers and Paul Holmgren.

We end the podcast with a story about Dave Semenko fighting Muhammad Ali and giving Cam Ali’s boxer shorts.

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Podcast Episode 26: That Paul Coffey tweet and other classic stories

Cam shares the story that went viral on Twitter – Paul Coffey’s act of kindness towards one of the Humboldt Broncos families.

We celebrate the podcast going Top 20 of all genres on iTunes Canada!

Cam talks about celebrating Halloween with the Montreal Canadiens and how he just might post these hilarious pictures from the 1970s dynasty team.

A few listeners asked Cam if any teachers played a role in his life – either positive or negative. Unfortunately, most of his memories are from suffering abuse from multiple teachers, starting in grade 1 and he shares those memories.

Cam talks about the need to overcome fear to succeed in sports, but also in life.

He shares a sad tale about a friend who worked on trains – this is one of Cam’s classic stories that only he can tell so well.

Cam was at a recent Edmonton Oilers game and gives his feelings on how the team is doing and whether he thinks they will make the playoffs this year. He specifically mentions Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic.

Also a discussion on how it’s tough to play a physical role in the NHL these days.

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Podcast Episode 25:Cam Connor makes his Stanley Cup predictions and gives some heartfelt advice on how to coach kids

Cam Connor and his son Kristofer are back and talk about what they did this summer – Cam did a lot of golf and Kris recalls his golf trauma. Kris has a story about Steve Martin & Martin Short.

Kris is asked why he stopped working for the Edmonton Oilers and he talks about one incident that wasn’t what he was expecting.

After a great year picking Las Vegas Golden Knights to do well, Cam makes his next prediction and this time it’s who he thinks will win the Stanley Cup. Can he make it two years in a row doing well with his picks?

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Kris mentions how he was in San Diego and this sparks Cam’s memories on playing in San Diego, including a story about a fan who jumped the glass and pulled out a knife.

Cam talks about goalie Jack Norris and why he wouldn’t let Cam shoot pucks on him and why.

This gets the podcast off topic with a story about what you never do to gorillas and why Kris quit working at the zoo (his first job) after being put in the bear’s den with bears still inside.

As hockey season approaches, Cam shares his experience of coaching minor hockey for close to 20 years. Advice on how to coach young athletes and why he hates ‘puke’ practices.

Make sure you listen to the end as he shares a really heart warming story that reminds us about the importance of a coach.

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Podcast Episode 23: Thoughts on the Stanley Cup finals, a hockey player who eats glass & $100 bets

Cam shares his thoughts on the 2018 Stanley Cup finals and who he thinks will win between the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals.

Cam and Kris attended a screening of the Flin Flon movie and offer their review. Cam shares his thoughts on seeing Flin Flon forty years later.

Stories include:
-What hockey player would eat glass?
-A story about Barry Dean, his car being repossessed and what happened in the desert.
-Brian Maxwell, his $100 bets, and why he is the fastest beer drinker in the world
-A listener asks who the last hockey player Cam spoke to, Cam says Wayne Gretzky, Rich Preston and Tom Laidlaw and shares who Rich Preston thought would win the Cup.
-The importance of Marc Andre Fleury to the Pittsburgh Penguins
-A listener asks if there are any more stories about Fred Shero.

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Podcast Episode 21: A tribute to Humboldt Broncos, sharing junior hockey stories

We’re back with a new episode dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos.

Cam shares his thoughts on this tragedy and offers his insight and shares some stories on his time playing junior hockey and taking long bus rides in the Canadian north. Playing in the juniors has probably changed a lot since Cam played junior, but his stories are really fun to hear.

Kris gets Cam to share another embarrassing story of a fight with a goalie. What does Cam do in that fight that he’s embarrassed to talk about (but does)?

Questions and discussions center around:
-Are goalies fair game to bodycheck when they leave the crease?
-Cam’s thoughts on his prediction that the Las Vegas Golden Knights would make the playoffs?
-Who’s to blame when a hockey team with lots of potential doesn’t make the playoffs? The coaches, management or players?

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