Journeyman: The Many Triumphs (and Even More Defeats) Of A Guy Who's Seen

Journeyman: The Many Triumphs (and Even More Defeats) Of A Guy Who's Seen

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0143181025

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Anyone who’s gotten to the NHL the hard way has a story to tell. No one understands the game better than the guys on the fourth line who fight for their jobs every night. They know all too well what it’s like to watch from the press box or, worse, to be sent to the minors or traded. Sean Pronger has seen it all. He’s played for legendary coaches such as Pat Burns and gone head to head with Doug Gilmour and Steve Yzerman in the faceoff circle. He was on the ice for perhaps the most notoriously violent attack in recent hockey history. While playing in the minors in Winnipeg, he guzzled beer in an ice-fishing hut with grizzled veterans like John MacLean, and he caused international incidents with Doug Weight while playing in Europe. But none of that went to his head.

Full of hilarious stories and self-deprecating jokes, Journeyman is in the end a story not only about achieving a dream, but about realizing you’ve achieved it.

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remember thinking of him and me playing on an outdoor rink back in Dryden. And that somehow I had a small part in him standing up there accepting the trophy from Mark Messier. I certainly don’t envy the fact that he’s public enemy number one in virtually every city he goes to. The fine fans of Detroit booed Chris for his 1,000th game. It actually made me smile in the stands, although I’m not sure my folks enjoyed it that much. (I understood; I played against the guy.) Personally, I take that as

felt compelled to give the fans of Frankfurt a proper goodbye. After one of our games Robi was informed the lockout would end so he went out and did a lap to say thank-you and goodbye to the fans. I think there were seven or eight thousand people clapping and chanting “Au-Rev-Oir Ro-bi-das.” It was pretty awesome. So awesome that he got to do that two more times that season because the lockout never ended! RD: Jason Marshall (ANA, Baltimore)—aka Sheriff. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to

game with a smile on my face. I had to make it look like I belonged, or at least like I thought I belonged. Game face. Even though all I could think about was that my name would be in the NHL history books as having played one game. All the guys on the team were great. They seemed genuinely happy for me. Since it was an expansion team most of the players were “castoffs” from other organizations. They didn’t take for granted where they were in their careers. Most had earned every inch the hard

game with a smile on my face. I had to make it look like I belonged, or at least like I thought I belonged. Game face. Even though all I could think about was that my name would be in the NHL history books as having played one game. All the guys on the team were great. They seemed genuinely happy for me. Since it was an expansion team most of the players were “castoffs” from other organizations. They didn’t take for granted where they were in their careers. Most had earned every inch the hard

least that year … on that team. (Left to right: Chris Hancock, Sean Pronger, Brian Armit) All I kept thinking was, “Isn’t this the guy who took a twenty-five-game suspension on Pierre Turgeon back in the day? I’ll be sure to keep an eye on him if I score.” This is a collector’s item. Without this shot there may not be a record of me playing for the Rangers … at least not in a game! This was the year I started to become a pro hockey player. I really wish things had worked out with the Kings.

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