Pat LaFontaine Hall of Fame Induction: Updates/articles/everyone's favorite memories?
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10-31-2003, 04:11 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: San Diego
Have posted this before, but I have an odd lasting memory about Lafontaine and NYI.
Was the summer of '83, and I was hanging out in SoCal with a college friend (having just completed the obligatory "coming-of-age" trek across the country by car :p). Turned on the TV and Gerry Girard, sportcaster (and dry humorous) at the old WPIX was announcing the Isles draft selection of Pat earlier that day. Keep in mind this was a month after NYI's fourth straight Cup.
"Just what the greatest hockey team on earth needs," quipped Girard. "A 100-goal scorer." :p
(Lafontaine's 1982-83 numbers at Verdun (Juniors) QMJHL: 70 games, 104 goals, 130 assists, 234 points.)
It was a pretty good time to be an NYI fan.
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