Don’t know if you saw my friend Steve Serby’s Q&A with Alain Vigneault in the New York Post today (click here to see it).
It’s a pretty interesting piece, but two things jumped out at me about his career
1) He scored his first NHL goal at the Garden against Steve Baker (which means that I covered it, though I sure can’t remember it).
2) He once fought Mark Messier, with whom he just won the contest to become the Rangers head coach.
Q: Sixty-four games with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, you had a mere 266 penalty minutes. Could you explain that?
A: You know what? Hockey was different back then. There was more fighting. It was in a different era. So I was probably considered more of a physical player back then. Now and then, I dropped the gloves. I was thinking of that yesterday (chuckle). In my 42 of the best NHL games in the world, I had a fight with Mark Messier! … He was playing in Edmonton at the time. And I think accidentally, I hit this French guy with my stick — and … he came boltin’ after me. It was an accident. I did all right, he did all right (smile), it wasn’t a real long fight.