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03-10-2011, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by IceAce View Post
How is that possible? They never played together. Battlin' Billy retired the year before we signed Healy from the Kings.

he said yesterday that Billy Smith was his goaltending coach on the Island.

He went on to tell a story of his first exhibition game against the Penguins (in an Isles uniform). They lost in overtime on a 2-on-1 goal (jagr and lemiuex). an 18 year old Denis Vaske was supposed to be covering the guy with the puck (jagr) and vaske the open man (lemieux).

Vaske covered the wrong man, and the Isles lose. After the game Smith approached Healey and berated him. Screaming at him "if you think that the puck ISN'T going to the best player in the NHL, you're gonna have a short career".

It was a fun story. I enjoy HNiC hearing old Isles stories.

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