LAKings.com caught up with Vic Venasky, former LA Kings center, to ask a few questions about his career and his current line of work.
|Former LA Kings center Vic Venasky played parts of seven seasons for the Kings. |
Venasky was selected 34th overall by the Kings in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft, straight out of Denver University. While at Denver, Venasky made the NCAA West All-American Team his freshman year and may have gone on to make it the year after being drafted if not for torn ligaments suffered midway through his sophomore season. After joining the Kings right out of training camp in 1972 following his second year of college, Venasky played 77 games his rookie season, mostly used as a defensive shadow of the opposition's best players. His second year Venasky played through a groin pull that would plague him until Kings trainer John Holmes put him on an extensive rehabilitation regimen in the summer of 1975. In addition to playing parts of seven seasons for the Kings, Venasky also suited up for four different minor league teams in the Kings system, including the Springfield Kings, Portland Buckaroos, Fort Worth Texans and Binghamton Dusters. Venasky finished his NHL career after the 1979-80 season, totaling 162 points (61-101=162) in 430 games.
LAKings.com: What was the highlight of your career?
Venasky: I think there were several highlights. First was just to make the L.A. Kings out of Denver University, that experience was a thrill. The of course winning the Kings Rookie of the Year was a highlight, but the biggest highlight would have to be beating the Atlanta Flames in the playoffs and then playing the Boston Bruins and taking them to seven games.
LAKings.com: You are related to fellow Kings alumni Mike Murphy by marriage; how did you meet your wife?
Venasky:Yes I am related to Mike Murphy. I met my wife Connie at an Armenian restaurant called Haji Babbas, but don't hold me to the spelling of the restaurant. She was the hostess there and our captain at the time Giles Marotte introduced us. That restaurant is long gone.
LAKings.com: If you could give the current Kings team one piece of advice, what would it be?
Venasky: The advice I would give the team is play better in your own end of the ice. We give up too many easy goals.
LAKings.com: There are a lot of NHL players from Thunder Bay, Ont., why do you think that is?
Murphy: The reason there are a lot of NHL players from Thunder Bay is because Thunder Bay is a small city in Canada and there is not a lot to do other than play hockey in the winter. A lot of back yard rinks and a few bigger rinks on the farms (i.e. the Staal brothers).
LAKings.com: What are you doing now?
Murphy:I am working as a compliance inspector at the LA and Long Beach ports. I also have a hockey and figure skating pro shop in Harbor City called Vic's Pro Shop.
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