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NHL Alumni Spotlight - Paul Harrison

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

NHL Alumni Spotlight

Paul Harrison

In partnership with the Minnesota NHL Alumni Association, presented by Comcast, presented by comcast, will feature an Alumni

 Paul Harrison tended goal for the North Stars in 1975 through 1978.
member each week.

It’s a great way for us to catch up with a number of former players who made their mark in Minnesota, in one way or another. This week, we hear from former goaltender Paul Harrison, who is a former North Star, and now lives in his hometown of Timmins, Ontario.

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Birthplace: Timmins, Ontario, CANADA

NHL Teams you played for:

Minnesota North Stars (1975-1978)

Toronto Maple Leafs (1978-1981)

Pittsburgh Penguins (1981-1982)

Buffalo Sabres (1982-1983)

Where do you live now?

Timmins, Ontario. Timmins is my hometown and I really enjoy the beauty and recreation opportunities in Northern Ontario.

What are you doing now?

I have been a police officer since retiring from hockey in 1983 (22 years) and I currently run the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program for the Ontario Provincial Police in North Eastern Ontario. I have been a mentor for the D.A.R.E. program since 1999, and have traveled as far as the Philippines while working for the D.A.R.E. International Training Team.

When I’m not doing that, my passions are kayaking and mountain biking in the northern wilderness.

Family life:

My wife, Penny-Ann and I, were married 28 years ago in Minnesota, and we are now empty nesters. Both of our grown children - Chauncey and Jill-Lauren - live in London, Ontario, approximately 1000 kilometers away.

 Harrison made his greatest save on Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire in 1978.
 Do any of your immediate family members play hockey?

 No hockey players in the family.

 What playoff teams did you play for?

 I made playoff appearances while playing for the Maple Leafs  and the Sabres. 

 Did you ever win the Stanley Cup?


 What was your most memorable hockey moment?

 In 1978, I was the last Toronto Maple Leaf goaltender to play  against the Montreal Canadiens in a playoff game. Howie Meeker said that I made one of the greatest saves in NHL  history with two seconds left in regulation when I robbed Jacques Lemaire of a sure goal with two seconds left, preserving a 4-4 tie and forcing overtime. We ended up losing in sudden death.

What was the best team you ever played on?

The 1978 Toronto Maple Leafs coached by Roger Neilson.

Who was your best teammate?

Boria Salming. He stopped more shots than I did. He was the best athlete I have ever seen.

Who was your best coach?

Roger Neilson. He was creative and very motivating. He also like a defensive style, which helped a goaltender to look good.

 The diminutive Steve Sullivan has a big fan in Paul Harrison.
Who is your favorite player in the game today?

I like Steve Sullivan of the Nashville Predators. He has been a big supporter of our D.A.R.E. program, and he is a Timmins native. He plays an exciting style and is very entertaining to watch. For a small player, he has overcome great odds to achieve success, and thus proves to the youth of today that anything is possible if you make good choices.

Try to recall the funniest prank you ever saw, or were a part of:

The best line I have ever heard while playing
for the Minnesota North Stars, was a comment mad by Peter Lopresti. It was after a game that I played in, and lost big. He said, "’Harry,’ I have good news, and bad news. First, the bad news...we just lost, 9-1. The good news is...I didn’t play."

He was also heard encouraging the team from the bench, saying, "Come on boys! Let’s keep it out of double figures tonight!"

 Alumni Archives

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring Richard Zemlak, click here.

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring Neil Sheehy, click here.

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring Lance Pitlick, click here.

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring JP Parise, click here.


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