I just wanted to start a thread for Al. I dont have any specific Vivid memories of him to talk about. I just want to say that when we signed him 10 years ago all I knew about him for sure was that he had the hardest slapshot around.
As I began to watch him every night I began to notice that he was a complete player who was among the best of his era.
Incredibly smart D-man who was as sound positionally as they come
Made great outlet passes
Quiet unassuming leader who led by example and never aired team laundry in the media.
Great guy, glad he stayed in STL permantly and the HOf awaits in 3 years.
I got chime in here.
I grew up in Denver and back in the early '80's, we had Calgary's farm club, the Colorado Flames for 2 seasons. '82-'83, and 83-'84 if i remember correctly. Any how my mother had a gig in media relations for the club and Macinnis and Vernon were on that club. That takes me way back, i used to go to every game i was 13 and 14 or so so i didn't miss any work, but it was my mothers job so i got to tag along every home game for 2 seasons.
I don't have a Macinnis story, but i do have a Mike Vernon one.
One night after a game, My mother was interviewing Vernon, (she wrote the cover stories on the players for the game programs) In a little lounge area at McNichol's arena, and it was just the 3 of us, Well the interview went well and long, so Vernon missed his ride home, and we gave him a ride back to his townhouse.