The big kid had just received the best news of his life and was getting some last-minute instruction. The professor was Al MacNeil, longtime NHL defenseman and coach of Nova Scotia of the American Hockey League. From the time that Larry Robinson, the pupil, had arrived in Nova Scotia, MacNeil had been telling him that he needed to be tougher and meaner, and be willing to hit anyone and everyone who came into his zone.
Now that the 21-year-old Robinson had gotten the call-up to the Montreal Canadiens, MacNeil was offering a key reminder.
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