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Al Iafrate

Whatever happened to him?
how did his career end?

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Ak Iafrate?

Was that Al's twin?


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Injuries caught up with him. He missed 94-95 and the 95-96 seasons then played 2 seasons with the Sharks playing 38 and 21 games

 
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Ak Iafrate?

Was that Al's twin?


:lol

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That guy had an amazing slapshot

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That guy had an amazing slapshot
And a super mullet

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Ak Iafrate?

Was that Al's twin?

:lol

i would had deleted the message had i noticed that ops lol

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GW: I'll delete the thread if you want

 
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nah its ok

everyone knows it is al

I am kind of well known for poor typing

got to be true

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I changed it. But now everyone reading this thread is going to wonder why people are talking about "Ak" Iafrate and is he the next Dustin Rose.

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Gilmour's_Way........

Al Iafrate when he was traded to the Washington Capitals tried his hand at radio broadcasting and really liked alot working in D.C. radio.........I remember him talking about it in an interview saying how working in radio fulltime is what he wanted to be doing after his Pro hockey career was over.........

Iafrate is also manic depressive and is on medication to treat this problem of his.

Cheers!~

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Odd twist of fate.

It's widely known that Gary Leeman was shtupping Mrs. Iafrate. When Al found out he and Leeman had a bit of a tiff. The players on the Leafs all despised Leeman since they loved Iafrate, but Leafs management couldn't ship off their leading scorer so they traded Iafrate instead to Washington for Bob Rouse and Peter Zezel.

If they'd traded Leeman, the Gilmour deal would never have gone down with Calgary since he wouldn't have been on the roster.

 
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Injuries caught up with him. He missed 94-95 and the 95-96 seasons then played 2 seasons with the Sharks playing 38 and 21 games
And then retired only after signing a lucrative deal with the Canes. He never played for Carolina, but I believe he did recieve a deferred salary (or NHLPA insurance, can't recall).

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so alk can't ever make a come back eh

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And then retired only after signing a lucrative deal with the Canes. He never played for Carolina, but I believe he did recieve a deferred salary (or NHLPA insurance, can't recall).
Al Iafrate was an experiment in the same vein as the Carolina Paul Coffey experiment. Rather than produce our own talent, we were trying to shop in the retirement homes when the team first relocated to Carolina. Iafrate, Coffey, Grimson, Hatcher, Dineen, Ranheim, and to a lesser extent Gary Roberts.


Iafrate only wore a Hurricanes jersey once before calling it quits. That was at the press conference. He recieved a contract that was more incentive laden than it was in base salary. If I remember correctly, he only recieved $325,000 in base salary but it was incentive laden to the point where it could have increased to over $3 million. He retired almost two months to the day after he signed that contract due to the fact that his knee didn't respond as well as he would have hoped to the rehabilitation program he put it in.


As for the compensation he recieved, i'm not surea about that. But signing Iafrate was one of the dumbest moves that Carolina made during the first going.

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He didn't spend much time with the Bruins, but in that one playoff season of 1994, "The Planet" dominated, all while smoking a pack or two a day.

http://www.bruins-legends.com/I/iafrate.htm

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I remember Al Iafrate very well. I remember when he was drafted... he had a ton of talent, great size... really everything you need to be a dominant player, which he was, in spells. He could have been among the top 5 dmen of his generation and among the top 15 all time, IMO, at least in my nearly 30 years of following the NHL. *Could* have been. He never played at his peak for extended periods of time. He was a true impact player when he was at his best though.

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I remember Al Iafrate very well. I remember when he was drafted... he had a ton of talent, great size... really everything you need to be a dominant player, which he was, in spells. He could have been among the top 5 dmen of his generation and among the top 15 all time, IMO, at least in my nearly 30 years of following the NHL. *Could* have been. He never played at his peak for extended periods of time. He was a true impact player when he was at his best though.
Kind of like Lindros?

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Kind of like Lindros?
Lindros had health issues. Iafrate didn't have any constant concussions issues although I seem to recall back and knee woes with Al. No, something else was going on with Iafrate that was outside of the physical realm, IMO. I always thought there were chemical/substance issues but I don't want to talk out of turn because I know nothing about that where he's concerned. Don't know. Some guys just... don't play to their abilities.

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