Interview with Pat LaFontaine

August 18th, 2010 by Brad Wolff Leave a reply »
Pat LaFontaine was a center for all three New York hockey teams: the Islanders, Rangers, and Sabres. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, with 468 goals in 15 seasons. Pat becomes the second athlete in the past three interviews of mine who was selected third in their sports draft. Here are my questions:


BW: What was your greatest achievement and why?

PL: I was fortunate to represent the U.S. at a couple of Olympics, and that was very cool. Probably the greatest achievement was winning the World Cup of Hockey in 1996. The Canadian team featured (Wayne) Gretzky, (Mario) Lemieux, (Mark) Messier, (Martin) Brodeur, etc., and they were the host country. When we beat them in the best-of-three final, it was the biggest U.S. hockey win since the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team.


BW: Who is your idol and why?

PL: When I was a kid I loved Guy Lafleur and Gilbert Perreault—two of the fastest skaters and best players around.

Things were a little different back then because there was no Internet. I would have to wait for the newspaper or for the Hockey News to arrive to see my f ...

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