Obviously, beating Detroit and Bakes shooting the puck into the empty net and moving on. The fans were unbelievable.
What’s your favorite funny memory from San Jose? My kid was all excited to come to a game and see dad play his first game at the Shark Tank until he saw the Shark head come out of the ceiling. When he saw dad come out of its mouth, he couldn’t go to a game after that.
When San Jose got you, when did you find out you were going to be Captain of that team? I was actually sick at home and Kevin Constantine called me in bed when I couldn’t make morning skate. He said the players voted it and he told me the players voted me Captain. That probably was the proudest day of my life.
What made you come to San Jose? You were a free agent and winning Cups in Pittsburgh. Was it the adventure of something new? Well, Pittsburgh let me go at the end of the year and it was a new and exciting opportunity. It was my first four-year contract ever after playing 10 years. I was just excited about something new and the opportunity. When did you start thinking the 93-94 team would be special because it started off 0-8-1? I could just sense it; we were tough to play against. We had so many different elements to our team. We were hard to play against and Arturs Irbe was not only a character, but one hell of a goalie. Then the crowd and the city embraced the team like I’ve never seen before. Once you get momentum on your side, anything can happen. Do you ever see people from San Jose when you come back in? I do. I talked to the couple that took care of my kids, primarily my two-year-old, when we needed help. Some of those people that I know moved to other places, so we keep in touch in other cities. Can you still hear that goal post in the second round against Toronto? Yeah, when you said it, I just got chills. We had a chance to win the cup that year, people don’t know how close we were. We were that close. I saw Johan Garpenlov in Sweden and we talked about it.
How long have you been back in Pittsburgh now and how is the broadcasting going? Since 2000, so eight years. I’m loving it. I love being around the game and love coming back to some of the old stomping grounds and seeing old faces.
How much fun is it to go to the rink every night and not get hit at all? No, I’d rather get hit. I miss the game, but at least I’m watching it, calling it. How is the excitement of the city of Pittsburgh now with the young a team and the new building coming? I think we have one of the youngest fan bases in the NHL. It’s amazing because Pittsburgh has been through so many ups and downs, through bankruptcy and there didn’t even look like there would be a team surviving there. So to go from uncertainty to almost the top of the world in such a quick time, just shows you how fickle the game can be.