TheHockeyWriters.com’s Patrick Hickey Jr. chats with former New York Islanders defenseman Rich Pilon, who discusses his career and the impact he left on the game.
A 15-year NHL veteran, Pilon was known as a tough as nails, stay at home defenseman who wasn’t scared to mix it up with anyone. Amassing 1,745 penalty minutes during his career, Pilon faced off with everyone from Bo Probert to Eric Lindros and is regarded as one of the most physical players of his era.
Chatting about the late 80s Islanders to the magical 1993 team that beat the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins to capture the Patrick Division, Pilon lets us know what was so special about that group of players and the Nassau Coliseum during the playoffs. Pilon also shares his thoughts on a few players on the current-day Isles and his future, in coaching.
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Over the past ten years as a working journalist, Patrick Hickey Jr. has covered the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, as well as the Brooklyn Aces of the former EPHL, contributing pieces and/or holding Editorial positions at NBC, New York Sports Day, NY Sportscene Magazine and the New York Times. During that time, he has interviewed NHL stars the likes of Brendan Shanahan, Bernie Nicholls, Bob Probert, Martin Brodeur and Zach Parise. He is also the first winner of the New York Islanders Blog of the Year Award, for his work on TheDriveForFive.com in 2008.