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  01/01/2012 – NY Hockey Talk
  Guests included former Rangers Stéphane Matteau and Chris Nilan

Chris NilanStéphane MatteauHosted by Rob Kowal. Guests on the show included former Ranger Stéphane Matteau, who spoke about his famous overtime goal against the Devils in Game #7 of the Eastern Conference Finals back in 1994 as the Rangers made their way towards winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years. Stéphane also talked about the upcoming Winter Classic and the Alumni Game played the previous day, his current assistant coaching position in the QMJHL, and recalls the time he played in the Little League World Series as a 12-year old back in 1982 with former Islanders forward Pierre Turgeon. Finally, Stéphane proudly speaks about his son Stefan- who is among McKeen’s Scouting top 30 mid-season 2012 NHL draft eligibles.

Also on the program was former Rangers enforcer Chris Nilan, who spoke about his time playing in New York, his thoughts on fighting in the NHL, and the game today compared to when he played. Nilan also gave his opinion on the possible reasons for the rash of concussions throughout the National Hockey League, and the tragic deaths of NHL players Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak this past off season. Chris also talked a little about his coaching career, and some of what he is up to today, including his work on TSN Radio 990 in Montreal.

Rob closed out the show talking with Randy Gorman, the chief WHL scout at McKeen’s Scouting Service, about the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship taking place in Alberta, in addition to prospects Stefan Matteau, Christian Thomas (former Islander Steve Thomas’ son), Rangers #1 draft picks J.T. Miller and Chris Kreider, and other top draft picks from the local New York teams.


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