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#49 Dan Quinn: Scoring Star for the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins

#49 Dan Quinn: Scoring Star for the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins

September 7, 2019

Dan Quinn Was a Highly Skilled Offensive Star for 14 NHL Seasons.

Episode 49 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast features 14-year NHL veteran and celebrity golf legend Dan Quinn.

Dan was drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1983 and he made his debut with Calgary halfway through the next season, scoring 52 points in 54 games and adding 8 more points in eight post season games.

He really hit his stride in 1985-86 as he led the Flames in scoring with 72 points and recorded 15 points in 18 playoff games as the Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup finals before succumbing to the Montreal Canadiens.

In 1986, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Mike Bullard.

It was in the Steel City where Quinn would have his most individual success, as he scored a career high 40 goals in 1987–88, and a career-high 94 points the next season on a high-flying Penguins team that also featured the likes of Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey.

Despite his success, in 1990 he was traded to Vancouver where he was named team captain — but he admits that his dedication to the game was less than optimal while with the Canucks.

Dan had numerous other productive, but brief, NHL stops in Ottawa, LA, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

After retiring from hockey in 1996, Dan continued to compete at the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic, an annual competition to determine the best golfers among American sports and entertainment celebrities. He won the tournament in 1992, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2012, and had a total of eighteen top-10 finishes.

Dan is articulate, honest and insightful and you’ll enjoy reliving his NHL journey with interesting recollections about teammates and coaches including Joe Mullen, Wayne Gretzky, Al McInnes, Lemieux, Coffey, Kent Nilsson, Badger Bob Johnson and many more.

 

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#48 Bruins G Jim “Seaweed” Pettie is Remembered by  Rick Middleton

#48 Bruins G Jim “Seaweed” Pettie is Remembered by Rick Middleton

September 3, 2019

Jim "Seaweed" Pettie was a colorful and rambunctious goalie for the Boston Bruins

In episode 48,  we remember the life and career of the fun-loving Boston Bruins Goaltender Jim Seaweed Pettie, who passed away on August 31, 2019 at the age of 65.

A 9th round draft pick by the Bruins in 1973, Seaweed played in 118 games with the IHL Dayton Gems between the 1973-74 and 1975-76 seasons.

During the 1975-76 season, Pettie went 12-3 in the post season to lead the Gems to the Turner Cup championship.

As a goalie, Seaweed was rambunctious and combative as illustrated in that 75-76 campaign, when he amassed 145 minutes in penalties    the fifth-highest total on the team.

Teammate Steve Langdon recently said: “I would say he was probably the toughest goalie to ever play the game.”

The Bruins promoted Pettie in 1976-77 season, placing him with the AHL Rochester Americans, where he would play 43 games while posting an excellent record of 26-15-1.

During that year he also played one NHL game with the Bruins  — a victory over Bobby Orr and the Chicago Blackhawks.

At the start of 1977 training camp, Pettie was roomed with author George Plimpton, who was doing research for his upcoming book, "Open Net." Because of that, Pettie was often referenced in the book.

After another stint in Rochester, Pettie was up with the Bruins for most of the 1978-79 season, going 8-6-2 in 19 games as the back-up to Gilles Gilbert and Gerry Cheevers.  This would be Seaweed’s final tour in the NHL.

In retirement he remained in the Rochester area and was active with the Amerks Alumni.

Bruins legend and Alumni President Rick Middleton joins us today to recall Seaweed Pettie and his unlikely role in, what was almost,  one of the Bruins all-time most historic  goals.

 

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#47 Hockey Fights 1, Russ Conway Remembered, 2019 RI Hockey Hall of Fame Event

#47 Hockey Fights 1, Russ Conway Remembered, 2019 RI Hockey Hall of Fame Event

August 27, 2019

Hockey Fight Stories Part 1 -- Jerry Rollins, Joe Noris and John Van Boxmeer

We’ll play three periods in this episode

First, we’ll start with our "Classic Stories" Series — Tonight is part 1 of Hockey Fights.

Three of our guests from previous shows:  Jerry Rollins, Joe Noris and John Van Boxmeer share their old time hockey fight tales.

In period two we’ll get caught up with classic hockey news — and we’ll remember the man who took down the Eagle — journalist Russ Conway, who passed away this past week.

In period three, we have an informative interview with Vince Cimini, the executive director of the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame, which will celebrate it’s new class of inductees on September 6, 2019 at Twin River in Lincoln Rhode Island.  In this interview you’ll learn all about this year’s class, which includes Brian Boucher and Brian Burke and Vince reminds is of how RI helped shape the game of hockey as we know it today.

Mrs PHA and I will be at the RIHHOF there and I hope you can join us.

For tickets visit: The RI Hockey Hall of Fame website

 

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#46 Blake Dunlop — 1981 NHL Masterton Trophy Winner

#46 Blake Dunlop — 1981 NHL Masterton Trophy Winner

August 14, 2019

Our guest today is 1981 Masterton Trophy winner Blake Dunlop, an 11-year NHL pro with the North Stars, Flyers, Blues and Red Wings.

As a junior in 1972-73, Blake led the Ontario Hockey Association in scoring with 159 points in 62 games.  He was the first pick of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1973 NHL draft.

After four up-and-down seasons with Minnesota, Blake career took a turn for the better in 1977-78 when he joined the AHL’s Maine Mariners,  the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Blake helped lead the Mariners to a Calder Cup championship and was named the league’s MVP.

After a season with the Flyers, Blake was traded to the St. Louis Blues, where he finally found a hockey home. 

In 1980-81 he collected 20 goals and 67 assists centering a line with Jorgen Pettersson and Wayne Babych as the Blues vaulted to second in the NHL’s season standings.

Much like the description of the Masterton Trophy, Blake’s career is a study in perseverance and dedication in the face of numerous obstacles. 

We’ll talk about Blake’s rise to NHL stardom and many of the notable personalities  he met along the way like Denis Potvin, Gump Worsley, Red Berenson, Steve Yzerman and many more.

 

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#45 - A Tribute to Mike Christie, Tough D for the Seals, Rockies, Barons and Canucks

#45 - A Tribute to Mike Christie, Tough D for the Seals, Rockies, Barons and Canucks

August 3, 2019

Episode 45 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast is a tribute to 7-year NHL pro Mike Christie, who passed away on July 11, 2019.

Born in Big Spring, Texas, and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Mike was the first native Texan to play in the NHL although it was strictly a technicality as his father was a Canadian citizen working for an American oil company and Mike grew up in Canada.

Before turning pro , Mike played for the University of Denver, becoming a first team all-American in 1971 as well being chosen to the US amateur national team at the 1972 Ice Hockey World Championship.

Mike then played two seasons with the Dallas Blackhawks (CHL), before signing with NHL's California Golden Seals in 1974, where he played until the franchise moved to Cleveland in 1977, becoming the Cleveland Barons. Mike was captain of the NHL's Colorado Rockies hockey team in the late 1970s, and his NHL career ended with the Vancouver Canucks in 1981.

He also represented the United States in the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup tournament.

Mike settled in Colorado after his hockey career ended, and started a second career as a sales representative that allowed him to enjoy his other athletic passion - golf. He represented several well-known brands, including Callaway and Top-Flite, before retiring in 2010.

Mike died of kidney disease on July 11, 2019. He was married to his wife of 47 years, Molly (née Hamill), and had two daughters, Lisa and Colleen, a son Dan, and four grandchildren. [

In this episode we hear tributes from four of Mike’s teammates: former NHLers Mike Lampman, George Pesut, Dave Gardner and Paul Gardner.

#44 Morris Lukowich Part 2

#44 Morris Lukowich Part 2

August 1, 2019

A two-time NHL All Star and WHA Champion with the Winnipeg Jets

Episode 44 of the PHA podcast is Part 2 of our discussion with Morris Lukowich. 

Morris gives you inside access to behind the scenes stories from his early years in the WHA and his NHL days with Winnipeg, Boston and LA.  He delivers interesting stories about Mike Murphy, Pat Quinn, Ray Bourque, Gordie Howe, Mark Howe and many more.

We also discuss sports psychology, nutrition, mental health, life after hockey and much more in a wide ranging interview that stretched over two nights and past midnight for this particular episode.

Morris is a fascinating guy with a great life story — don’t forget to listen to part 1 of the interview on episode 42 of the show.

 

 

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#43 Mike Boland - Original WHA Ottawa National, Emmy Winning Filmaker

#43 Mike Boland - Original WHA Ottawa National, Emmy Winning Filmaker

July 24, 2019

A prolific storyteller, who fought the likes of Battleship Bob Kelly and Dave "Killer" Hanson.

Our guest on episode 43 of the Pro Hockey Alumni podcast is Mike Boland, an original member of the WHA Ottawa Nationals, a Calder Cup winner with the Springfield Kings, briefly a Broad St. Bully and, ultimately, one of Canada’s premier cinematographers.

Mike is humorous and personable and he’s got captivating stories about hockey legends like Bobby Hull (there’s a part 2 to the preceding story), Billy Smith, Butch Goring, Battleship Bob Kelly, Dave “Killer” Hanson, Gilles “Looney” Gratton, Johnny Wilson and many more.

Mike doesn’t hold back as he relives his journey through the big leagues, the minor leagues and European hockey.  All of out guests have been great — and Mike is certainly no exception.

Mike's Book: "Through the Lens of My Eye; Adventures of a Documentary Cameraman"

 

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#42 Morris Lukowich - NHL and WHA All Star Part 1

#42 Morris Lukowich - NHL and WHA All Star Part 1

July 21, 2019

Morris Lukowich scored over 40 goals four times in his big league career.

This is Part 1 of our two part series with WHA and NHL All Star Morris Lukowich, who scored over 300 major league goals by combining great skating,  hard shooting and a willingness to absorb punishment in front of the net.

After a brilliant junior career with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Morris was drafted by the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins in 1976, but opted to play with Gordie Howe and the WHA Houston Aeros.    

He immediately made an impact in the WHA and eventually became a 65-goal scorer and Avco Cup Champion with the 1978-79 Winnipeg Jets. He was also highly productive in the NHL, topping the 30-goal mark four times.

You’ll be enthralled by Luke’s memories of his often hard-to-believe journey through youth hockey, juniors, Houston, Winnipeg, Boston, LA and beyond.  He also has some insightful revelations about his interactions with Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull.

Luke doesn’t hold back with these fascinating hockey tales, but he also offers meaningful lessons in perseverance, commitment and courage.

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#41 Rhode Island Reds Reunion Special

#41 Rhode Island Reds Reunion Special

July 15, 2019

Rick Middleton, Ed Giacomin and Johnny Bower are just a few of the NHL greats who played for the AHL Providence Reds

In Episode 41 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast, we discuss, the rich tradition of professional hockey in Rhode Island as we prepare for the 19th annual Rhode Island Reds Reunion on August 4, 2019

More than two dozen former Providence Reds and other hockey luminaries are expected to attend the event at  Goddard State Park in Warwick, RI.  Ticket Info is on the show notes and also mentioned  in the show.

Among those expected to attend and receive special awards are Boston Bruins Alumni Rick Middleton, Ross Brooks and RI native Noel Acciari.

Today, we talk with Buster Clegg, a fixture in RI hockey for over 50 years and the President of the RI Reds Heritage Society.  We’ll discuss the glory days of pro hockey in the old R. I. Auditorium and such future NHL greats as Ed Giacomin, Johnny Bower, Orland Kurtenbach and many more.

We’ll also have funny anecdotes from Rick Middleton on his memorable 1973-74 season in Providence.

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The reunion will also feature the Society’s annual awards’ presentations, a buffet dinner, music, raffles, and a silent auction of hockey memorabilia. Cost is $40 per adult, $15 for children.

The reunion’s annual dinner-dance will be held at the 12 Acres banquet facility in Smithfield on Saturday, Aug. 3 and will feature guest speaker Greg Bouris, the former communications director for the New York Islanders, the Florida Panthers and the MLB Players Association.

Tickets are $50 per person. For information and reservations to each event, contact Mal Goldenberg at mal@rmcri.com or (401) 864-6191. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.

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#40 Hartford Whalers 2019 Reunion Special

#40 Hartford Whalers 2019 Reunion Special

July 9, 2019

The Hartford Whalers are back!   A celebration of the Hartford Whalers 3rd annual reunion coming up on July 12th and 13th 2019 as hosted by the Hartford Yard Goats baseball team. 

The key event for hockey fans will be the on-field BBQ on the afternoon of the 13th — this is a great way to meet the Whalers and hear some unforgettable hockey stories while enjoying great food and one of America’s great minor league ballparks.

Today’s shows features conversations with Yard Goats Asst. GM Dean Zappalorti a die-hard Whalers fan who coordinates the event and four Whalers reunion attendees: Mike Rogers, Jordy Douglas, Wayne Babych and Andre Lacroix, all of whom share memories of their days with the Whalers.  By the way, all of these comments are excerpted from previous editions of the podcast. 

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