View From the Penalty Box (Classic Hockey Stories)
VFTPB 41: Zamboni Driver plays in the NHL; Jets player gets robbed & stripped to his underwear and why the US winning a gold medal in hockey was bad for Cam’s career

VFTPB 41: Zamboni Driver plays in the NHL; Jets player gets robbed & stripped to his underwear and why the US winning a gold medal in hockey was bad for Cam’s career

February 26, 2020

Cam was particularly touched by the Zamboni driver, David Ayres, playing in an NHL game so he discusses this moment and asked if anything like that ever happened when he played.

Other topics include:

  • A Winnipeg Jets player (WHA) who was walking to the arena, gets robbed, stripped down to his underwear and has to try to convince security that he's actually a hockey player.
  • A listener asks if Cam has any stories about Mark Wells and the 1980s Olympic gold medal team. Cam talks about how the team winning gold was bad for his career and explains why. Talks about Mark Pavlich and the Smurfs line.
  • Cam talks about Edmonton Oilers player Tyler Benson and what the Oilers coach did for Tyler that made Cam proud.
  • Another listener asks who besides Cam is the only other player to play with both Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe.
  • Did they really throw a moose leg on the ice when the Flin Flon Bombers won a game?
  • A family member of Larry Hale writes in to talk about the legacy of Larry Hale.

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VFTPB 40: The Battle of Alberta and how Gary Bettman has taken the toughness out of hockey

VFTPB 40: The Battle of Alberta and how Gary Bettman has taken the toughness out of hockey

February 4, 2020

After the big Battle of Alberta game between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, Cam had to post a quick podcast on his thoughts on the game and how Gary Bettman has taken away the toughness in hockey.

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VFTPB 39: Cam opens up about a health scare; Cheating in hockey; Kassian/Tkachuk fight

VFTPB 39: Cam opens up about a health scare; Cheating in hockey; Kassian/Tkachuk fight

January 22, 2020
Topics include:
  • Cam talks about losing both parents in three months and shares a couple hockey stories about his mom

    • One story includes a street fight Cam had where his mom tried to help with a wooden spoon
  • Mid-point check in to the hockey season - how's Cam's Cup pick, Tampa Bay Lightning doing?
  • Cam's thoughts on the Kassian/Tkachuk 'fight' and why is he so disappointed in George Parros?
  • What bugs Cam about his videos on Youtube, including the recent one with Tom Rowe
  • A listener asks if there is cheating in hockey, similar to cheating in baseball with the Houston Astros
  • Cam remembers teammate JC Migneault and how JC had one of the worst injuries Cam has seen in hockey
  • We end the episode with Cam sharing his story about a health incident that he didn't want to share until his parents passed
VFTPB 38: Bill Peters & Abuse in Hockey; A Coach Confronts Steve Durbano; & Taping Nickles to Your Knuckles?

VFTPB 38: Bill Peters & Abuse in Hockey; A Coach Confronts Steve Durbano; & Taping Nickles to Your Knuckles?

December 2, 2019

Stories include:

  • How is Cam's Stanley Cup prediction team doing two months into the season?
  • Bill Peters abuse allegations and Cam's thoughts on abuse in hockey
    • Has Cam ever seen a coach become physical with a player before?
  • Sean Avery's claims against Marc Crawford
  • Daniel Carcillo's claims against Darryl Sutter
  • Cam talks about how coaches went from having all the power to now players mostly do
  • Where is John Tonelli?
  • A great story of how Coach Bill Dineen searched for Steve Durbano in the nightclubs to avenge an earlier fight Durbano had against Terry Ruskowski
    • Durbano slashed Ruskowski's eye and Dineen was pissed!
  • Why did Guy Lafleur retire and then rejoin the NHL?
  • Are enforcers typically mild mannered outside of hockey?
  • Did players really tape nickles or glass onto their knuckles before a fight?
  • Cam remembers one of the few players he was afraid to fight - Bob Gassoff

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VFTPB 37: Don Cherry’s Firing; Why Cam didn’t want to play in Winnipeg; Remembering Don Larway

VFTPB 37: Don Cherry’s Firing; Why Cam didn’t want to play in Winnipeg; Remembering Don Larway

November 15, 2019

Stories Include:

  • Cam's thoughts on Don Cherry being fired
    • What was Don Cherry like as a coach
    • The legacy of Don Cherry
  • Remembering teammate Don Larway
  • What was it like to play without a helmet
  • The two crazy reasons why Cam eventually decided to play wearing a helmet, one was for fighting and one was to stop being heckled.
  • Did NHL drafted players regret going to the WHA?
  • When the Houston Aeros folded, why did the NHL help Cam so he didn't have to play for the Winnipeg Jets?
  • A listener asks how to learn how to play hockey if there are no rinks in South Carolina
  • What hockey decision will haunt Cam the rest of his life?
  • An interesting story about goalie Lynn Zimmerman and what Cam concocted to help Lynn make the team

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VFTPB 36: Cam’s Surprising Hockey Idol; Brashear Working at Tim Hortons and Survivor Snakes

VFTPB 36: Cam’s Surprising Hockey Idol; Brashear Working at Tim Hortons and Survivor Snakes

October 31, 2019

Stories include:

  • A one month check in on the current NHL season, would Cam Connor change his Stanley Cup pick? What times have caught his eye?
  • A Paul Baxter update - we got some bad intel and he is doing great!
  • Remembering Ted Green
    • How tough was Ted?
    • How did Ted get a steel plate in his head and why did he keep playing hockey?
    • Cam talks about Ted's inventor side and the products he invented.
  • Donald Brashear working at Tim Hortons
  • Tom Laidlaw and all those snakes on Survivor
    • Cam rants on 'the old guy' name calling
  • A listener asks for stories on Jeff Brubaker, Archie Henderson and Gary Rissling
  • Cam answers a question on whether players on opposing teams should hang out the night before, go for dinner, etc...
  • How goaltending has changed over the years.
  • Who was the best goalie Cam ever played with?
VFTPB 35: Witnessing a Coach’s drug bust; thoughts on Guy Lafleur/Larry Hale; and more classic stories

VFTPB 35: Witnessing a Coach’s drug bust; thoughts on Guy Lafleur/Larry Hale; and more classic stories

October 17, 2019

Stories include:

-Cam talks about one of his coach's who got taken out of the dressing room by thugs collecting on a drug debt

-Using a fake name in order to play hockey for Flin Flon and avoid Victoria

-Cam comments on Guy Lafleur's heart operation and talks about how Guy drives his car and helicopter

-A listener asks why Cam had a pet wolf

-Which players does Cam wish he kept in touch with?

-Remembering teammate Larry Hale and what did Larry tell Cam that he will never forget?

-Having to fight two players at once.

-Was Cam, or other players, jealous of how much certain teammates made in salary?

-Having to play a hockey game against a team of real lumberjacks

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VFTPB 34: Cam recalls a fight he had that would have banned him for life (with today’s rules) and new season predictions

VFTPB 34: Cam recalls a fight he had that would have banned him for life (with today’s rules) and new season predictions

October 8, 2019

We're back for episode 34. Topics include:

-Recapping the St Louis Blues Stanley Cup win (since we were on summer hiatus)

-Early predictions for the upcoming hockey season, what team will Cam choose?

-Tom Laidlaw on Survivor, how does Cam think he's doing

-Cam says goodbye to his Dad

-What was the dirtiest arena to play in? Cam's choice involves rats, garden hoses and cockroaches.

-Hockey fighting tales and Cam recalls a fight that would have barred him for life if it happened now

-What advice did Cam recently give Nugent Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers

-Fighting with Paul Baxter

-What travel advice did Gordie Howe give Cam that he still follows today

-Was it easy for fans to sneak into the dressing room back in Cam's day

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

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

May 29, 2019

It's the Stanley Cup finals and Cam Connor is back to discuss the most exciting week of hockey and make some more predictions.

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.

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 Lafleur 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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VFTPB 32: Playoff update; More crazy Steve Durbano stories; & Ken Holland as the Oilers new GM

VFTPB 32: Playoff update; More crazy Steve Durbano stories; & Ken Holland as the Oilers new GM

May 6, 2019

It's been a busy few weeks for Cam Connor so he brings us up to speed on a few fun projects he's been involved in, including one on Rowdy Roddy Piper's biography special.

As Steve Durbano stories seem to be popular these days, Cam shares a few Steve Durbano stories, including one doozy of a story that Cam himself can't believe is true.

Cam talks about the playoffs so far and makes a new prediction.

As the podcast was being recording, news that the Edmonton Oilers may have signed Ken Holland as their new GM was announced, so Cam talks about his thoughts on Ken and will this be the missing piece the Oilers desperately need?

Discussion on the San Jose Sharks/Las Vegas Golden Knights game 7 major call. Was it the right call?

Cam answers a question on his thoughts on Zdeno Chara and why doesn't anyone take him out/put him in his place? Would Cam have tried to fight Chara back in his day? Kris then asks who the tallest player Cam played against and who was the smallest?

A funny story of when Kris was five years old and he got into Cam's ammonia capsules/smelling salts.

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