I’ve covered the NHL for 16 years now. In the last five years, I’ve had to look to other sources of income and shift my focus to other ventures or jobs, but once you’re in this scene and the world of hockey, you never really leave. The hockey world is huge but at the same time such a small world. Everyone you meet is somehow linked to the last person you met or quite likely, someone you met many moons ago. Everyone and everything, much like life I guess, is somehow connected.
That’s why I’m still going and covering the game. It’s not just the game or it’s moments, but also the people that create those moments. One of those people who has had so many moments on the ice, as a player, and off it as management and now an Assistant Coach of the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, is ‘The Recchin Ball’ Mark Recchi. ‘Rex’ as he is affectionately known in hockey circles, stands among the all time leaders in NHL history in so many categories. He won three Stanley Cups in three different decades and is one of the game’s best ever. However, that’s not what makes him a true hall of famer in this humble puck scribe’s eyes.
Mark Recchi to me is the epitome of a leader and a loyal friend. A leader and friend on the ice, in the dressing room and more importantly in life! I was lucky enough to gain that friendship. While ‘Rex’ and I always maintained and still do, a professional and objective relationship when it comes to our player/coach-reporter dynamic, he took me under his wing and guided me through some tough times off the ice. I am forever grateful for that.
I’m not the only one who can say that though, and as you’ll hear in what may have been one of the most meaningful interviews I’ve ever done, Recchi’s former teammate and good friend, Kevin Stevens, shows how much more of a hall of fame person than player Mark Recchi is!
Congrats and thank you Rex!