Tales from the HHOF
ESPN's Scott Burnside has a pretty complete wrap-up of the Hall of Fame day that was, including this story from Scott Stevens that I'd forgotten to get into my coverage:
Speaking of hits, Stevens said the hardest hit he ever took came from journeyman forward Bryan Smolinski, not known as the game's most physical player. Stevens said he woke up in the trainers' room and looked up at teammate Bobby Carpenter.There are also some good bits in there about Igor Larionov, who absolutely deserves to get in next year (despite what some have said locally). He's incredibly decorated internationally (including two Olympic golds) and put up some solid NHL seasons in his 30s after escaping an awful team in Vancouver.
"I said, 'Why are you wearing a suit?'" Stevens said. He had forgotten that Carpenter was injured and wasn't even playing.
There's a reason he lasted 1,010 more NHL games than countryman Vladimir Krutov.