Not to mention he's just a great guy all around. Went to highschool with him (5 years behind), went up to him when I was in junior high in the library and asked for his autograph and he was just dumbfounded that someone would want it. Seemed to make his day completely that I thought he'd play in the NHL one day.
he was a fan favorite because he didn't hug in fights, he just let them fly, so all his fights were fun to watch. He was a golden gloves boxer and didn't have as much size as his heavyweight opponents so going for the knockout was his best chance. I went to what I think was his first NHL game here in Anaheim and he fought twice on like 4 shifts.
i have never seen habour station go as crazy as it did when rocky dropped big gerry flemming to his knees.flemming was hated in saint john by hockey fans dating back to the saint john vitos days.he played for fredericton in the senior AA leauge and beat up many vitos players lol.rocky was and still is a hero here in saint john after that fight...
"Of course giving Sather cap space is like giving teenagers whiskey and car keys." - SBOB "Watching Sather build a team is like watching a blind man with no fingers trying to put together an elaborate puzzle." - Shadowtron
"Used to be only Twinkies and cockroaches could survive a nuke. I'd add Habs to that. I'm convinced the CH stands for Club du Hypocrisy." - Gee Wally
He was a huge favorite in Hershey, but my best memory of him isn't of him. His son, who was about 4 or 5 at the time, sang the National Anthem at HPA in 2002. I got to interview Rocky a few days after that and he was every bit the proud papa.
I was sorry to see him go - he was fun to watch, a solid fighter and one of the most personable players we had here.
I believe he's going to be an assistant coach in the "A" this season.
One of my least favorites. During the first period of the 2002-03 home opener in Milwaukee, Rocky clubbed team captain Domenic Pittis over the head with his stick behind the play. Pittis was out for half the season. It probably ruined his chance at an NHL career. Whenever an Admiral enforcer skated on, Rocky was back to his bench like a missile. Later on in the season, when San Antonio came back to Milwaukee, somebody beat the snot out of Rocky. I think it was Robert Schnabel or Nathan Perrott. Everyone there knew why.
Rocky came back with Peoria during 2005-07. The fans would boo so loudly that you couldn't hear the PA at the Bradley Center. He would mouth off at the Admirals players from his bench. I think Greg Zanon fought him after he cheap shotted another Admirals player. The fans tried to get at him and extra security was needed by the Peoria bench. I think he got a beer shower on his way off the ice at the end of the game. He claimed to be a born again christian. Couldn't prove it by me.