History[ edit ] Preparations of a new franchise[ edit ] Following the departure of the Minnesota North Stars after the season,  the state of Minnesota was without an NHL team for seven seasons. Mayor Norm Coleman began a campaign to either recruit the relocation of an existing franchise to Saint Paul or the award of an expansion franchise to a Minnesota-based ownership group.
Her first choice, the infamous Bob Probert, was in prison, serving time for a cocaine possession conviction. Once he got to the NHL and stayed, the job became one of maintaining his niche — even after the bone showed through the sliced skin of his knuckles and he had to soak his punching hand in ice between periods, even after doctors nearly had to amputate his right arm.
He was just fourteen, playing in his first exhibition game with a new team, and an older kid cornered him and dared him to go. James pulled Kocur aside and told him that if he wanted to make hockey a paying career, he had better start fighting with his fists.
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In the last forty games, I had two hundred fifty. Not every man can recognize a peek at his destiny when he gets it, and even then, not everyone accepts it. Can the kid really fight? How hard does he throw? At that moment, the Saskatoon kids said, Joey Kocur was someone they did not know.
And I remember saying something — screaming — that I was going to get him.
But right then, against that guy, I just got mad. Do I hold him up? Do I hit him again?
Should I just keep fighting or let him go? That I would never lose. In fact, in his six NHL seasons, his name has never even appeared on the ballot.
Any poll would show one other thing, too, says St. Louis Blues center Adam Oates: Doctors have told him to expect arthritis and calcium deposits in his punching fist.
He split the hand open during a minor league game in Halifax, when he knocked out a six-three, two-hundred-pound Nova Scotia defenseman named Jim Playfair.
In the dressing room later, a doctor needed forty stitches to close the gash. But when the rest of the team came off the ice, Kocur got some good news, too: The next morning, Kocur took the first plane out and flew all day.
He checked into a hotel in Detroit, then spent an excruciating, sleepless night watching his right arm balloon to three times its normal size. But a trainer noticed the new kid was wearing only one glove.
The team doctor was summoned, then a hand surgeon, too. I was in major surgery by five P. When he emerged from a morphine-induced cloud two weeks after surgery, doctors explained what had happened.There’s a tremendous amount of excitement about bringing the team there.” That’s not exactly a “yes, they’re going into this with eyes wide open,” of course, and it raises concerns about what exactly the role of an economist should be: just to do the math on questions being asked by a city government, or to warn them, “Hey, that.
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