View From the Penalty Box (Classic Hockey Stories)
VFTPB 43: Cam reunites with the toughest player he ever fought: Kim Clackson

VFTPB 43: Cam reunites with the toughest player he ever fought: Kim Clackson

June 5, 2020

Cam interviews his first guest of the podcast.

Over 45 years later, Cam reconnects with Kim Clackson, a player Cam considers one of the toughest to ever play hockey.

Listen as Cam and Kim recount playing junior hockey together in the early 1970s and playing (and fighting!) against each other for years in the WHA.

Cam asks Kim if he was ever scared to fight and Kim talks about his hockey career, epic fights, regrets, and even 14 bench brawls in one season.

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VFTPB 42: Hockey in July; Scariest Stick Fight Cam’s Ever Seen; Tributes to John Hughes & Tom Webster

VFTPB 42: Hockey in July; Scariest Stick Fight Cam’s Ever Seen; Tributes to John Hughes & Tom Webster

April 27, 2020

What's Cam been up to during this pandemic and what are his thoughts on hockey in July? He also shares his thoughts on the passing of his former coach, Tom Webster, and his teammate John Hughes.

Topics Include:

-A big change in Cam's professional career.

-How have Cam and Kris been dealing with the pandemic.

-Thoughts on the NHL considering to resume play in July in empty arenas.

-Connecting with teammate Bart Wilson (Behn Wilson's brother).

-A listener asks about Gord Gallant and Cam recalls a story about Gallant fighting Peter McNamee.

-Another listener asks if Cam has memories playing against the Chicago Blackhawks.

-He broke his hand playing the Blackhawks on Keith Brown's head (after a run in by Terry Ruskowski).

-Another story about fans throwing beer bottles at the Montreal Canadiens players.

-What's Cam's favorite hockey jersey?

-Thoughts on Stan Mikita.

-Remembering Tom Webster and his role guiding the Tulsa Oilers.

-Remembering John Hughes.

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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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