Podcast Episode 30: Bench brawls, Steve ‘Mental Case’ Durbano & Muhammad Ali’s Shorts

We’re back for Episode 30!

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.

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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Podcast Episode 13: Saying Goodbye to Hockey (Why Cam Retired)

 

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!

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