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ON THE SPOT WITH PAT CONACHER

Tuesday, 01.13.2009 / 4:21 PM / Multimedia
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ON THE SPOT WITH PAT CONACHER
   
Mike Kalinowski continued his series available exclusively on LAKings.com, with his On the Spot With former Kings forward Pat Conacher.

On The Spot With Pat Conacher

Position: Left Wing
Born: May 1, 1959 (Edmonton, Alberta)
Drafted: Selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (76th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
Acquired By The Kings: In a trade with New Jersey for future considerations on Sept. 3, 1992.
Years With The Kings: 1992-96
Career With The Kings:

  • Registered 68 points (36-32=68) in 241 career games with the Kings.
  • Played 81 games with the Kings in 1992-93 and scored 17 points (9-8=17).
  • Collected 10 points (6-4=10) and was a plus-8 in 24 postseason games on a line with Dave Taylor and Warren Rychel as the Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993.
  • Collected career-highs in goals (15), assists (13) and points (28) while appearing in 77 games with the Kings in 1993-94.
  • Is tied for 10th all-time with seven career short-handed goals as a King.
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
  • Registered 139 points (63-76=139) in 521 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Kings, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders from 1979-96.
  • Missed the entire 1980-81 season while recovering from a broken leg suffered in a preseason rookie game.
  • Appeared in three postseason games with the Oilers during the 1984 Stanley Cup playoffs as Edmonton went on to win it’s first of five championships.
  • One of only a few select players to ever skate for all three New York area teams during his career (Rangers, Devils and Islanders)
  • Also experienced both sides of the annual Battle of Alberta (Oilers vs. Flames)
  • Was a Radio Color Analyst for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1996-97.
  • Was hired as an Assistant Coach with Phoenix in 2001 and was on staff until 2004.
  • Served as a Head Coach for the Utah Grizzlies (AHL) in 2004-05 and the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) in 2005-06.
What He’s Doing Now:
  • Employed as a Pro Scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • He and his wife Susan will soon be empty-nesters as their youngest child and only daughter, Cheyenne, is 18-years-old. The Conachers also have two sons, Patrick and Danny.
Interview Highlights:
  • Came to the Kings as a 31-year-old player from New Jersey.
  • Credits Kings former Head Coach Barry Melrose for giving him a clearly defined role in L.A.
  • Says he was greatly influenced by Glen Sather while in Edmonton. Sather told Conacher to create an identity for himself. That advice helped extend Conacher’s playing career to 17 seasons and made him a wanted commodity among GM’s in the league.
  • Says there is nothing better than winning in the NHL, no matter how big or how small your role is.
  • Says being a scout “is the greatest job in the World” and that working in the NHL is a privilege.