November 29, 1997 |
Pat LaFontaine did his part to celebrate his return to Buffalo's Marine Midland Arena. Unfortunately for him, the New York Rangers didn't do theirs. LaFontaine scored a goal and set up another in his first Buffalo game since being traded by the Sabres, but the Rangers blew a two-goal lead en route to a 3-3 tie last night. Amid questions of whether he had recovered from a concussion sustained last season, LaFontaine and his $4.6 million contract went to the Rangers on Sept.
January 15, 1988 |
When people think of the prototype offensive defenseman, they think of Bobby Orr. But last night, at Uniondale, N.Y., the New York Islanders Denis Potvin wrote a new category in the NHL record book when he became the first defenseman ever to score 300 career goals. Potvin, who holds most of the scoring marks for defensmen, beat Quebec rookie Ron Tugnutt from the slot during a power play at 4:24 of the second period during the Islanders' 8-5 victory over Quebec. The 15-year veteran also had an assist on Greg Gilbert's first-period goal and now has 1,030 career points.
September 30, 1997 |
Buffalo Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine was traded to the New York Rangers for a second-round draft choice yesterday after disagreements among doctors over whether a concussion would end his career. LaFontaine had been haggling with the Sabres for more than a month after two of his own doctors said he can play while Buffalo's team physicians disagreed. He received clearance from the Rangers' medical staff last week. "It's tremendously exciting to get back and play a game I love," LaFontaine said on a conference call from New York.
August 8, 1998 |
Pat LaFontaine, of the New York Rangers, will retire next week due to numerous concussions, according to the New York Post. Agent Don Meehan told the Post LaFontaine made the decision to retire after Dr. Jim Kelly, a neurological specialist, told LaFontaine continuing his career would put him "beyond minimal risk. " "Patty initially had a good cry, but I can tell you he's completely at peace with himself," Meehan told the newspaper. "Once Dr. Kelly, in whom he has the utmost faith and trust, examined him and then explained his finding, the decision was clear.
March 31, 1998 |
New York Rangers center Pat LaFontaine, still feeling the aftereffects of a concussion, said yesterday his season was over, but, he hoped, not his career. "I'm disappointed about not being able to finish the season," he said, "but I am hopeful of being able to come back. " LaFontaine spoke with reporters via conference call following his return from Chicago, where he was examined by a specialist on head injuries. Dr. James Kelly, of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, said LaFontaine had sustained a "Grade II concussion" in a game against Ottawa March 16, and could not be cleared to play until re-evaluation in a month.
November 4, 1997 |
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Sean Burke is charged with assaulting his wife, general manager Jim Rutherford said last night. A four-time MVP for the team when it was based in Hartford before this season, Burke did not dress last night when the Hurricanes hosted the Vancouver Canucks. Burke was released from jail earlier in the day. Club officials had said before the game at the Greensboro Coliseum that Burke was out for personal reasons. A Wake County magistrate confirmed his arrest on the charge of assault on a female Sunday.
November 4, 2003 |
Grant Fuhr became the first black player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Fuhr, who won five Stanley Cup rings with Edmonton, played down the racial significance of his entry to the hall last night in deference to Willie O'Ree. O'Ree became the NHL's first black player in 1957 and is now involved in the league's minorities programs. "Having gotten to know Willie and all the things Willie went through, by the time I got to play all the doors had been opened," Fuhr said.
July 19, 2006 |
General manager Garth Snow? It's true. Neil Smith was abruptly fired after less than a month as general manager of the New York Islanders yesterday and replaced by goalie Garth Snow, who retired to take over the position. Islanders owner Charles Wang said Smith told him he had difficulty working within the team's revamped front office. "In light of our differences, I felt that I had no choice but to make this decision," Wang said in a statement. Snow, who turns 37 on July 28, broke into the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques in the 1993-94 season and played 12 seasons.
February 25, 1991 |
The contract talks have dragged on for 10 months now - since May, when New York Islanders general manager Bill Torrey approached Pat LaFontaine's agent about a contract extension. Then, LaFontaine - undisputed star of the Islanders' organization - was happy to talk. He thought Torrey's move was a vote of confidence, a sign of appreciation for the 105-point season he had just completed. Now, Pat LaFontaine feels differently. Insulted. Manipulated. Taken for granted. A few weeks ago, he did what he had never dreamed of doing.
July 22, 1987 |
If the U.S. Olympic hockey program needed a spokesman, it would only have to turn to Pat LaFontaine. LaFontaine, a member of the 1984 U.S. team, is spending this week at the U.S. Olympic Festival, one stage of the process through which the squad for the '88 Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, will be selected. The New York Islanders center is filling the unofficial role that Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig, two stars of the 1980 gold-medal team, played before the '84 Games. Although the U.S. club was a disappointment in 1984, failing to reach the medal round at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, LaFontaine believes that his time with the Olympic team was a year well-spent.