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Retired NHLer David Littman tells some tales from his life in hockey, today at The Hockey News:
People may not believe this, but playing in the minors is just as much fun as playing in the NHL. The only difference is there are fewer zeros on your paycheck. Things happen in the minors that would never happen in the NHL.
I was playing for the Atlanta Knights in the IHL, the farm team for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and we were playing the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, Calgary’s farm team.
In the first period, there was a fight in front of my net and I jumped in to help a teammate. I looked up and Andre Trefilov, the opposing goalie, was coming at me full steam. We fought for a bit, got game misconducts and were kicked out of the game.
By the second period, we were both up in the stands sitting with our respective scratched teammates drinking beers. By the third period, we’d all had a few drinks when the Salt Lake backup goalie was hit and went down hard.
From David Littman at The Hockey News,
I joined the Oyster Bay youth hockey organization and went to summer hockey camps where I was coached by the likes of Resch, Smith, Lou Lamoriello and Brian Burke.
When I wasn’t playing on the ice, I was playing street hockey. When I wasn’t playing street hockey, I was in my basement throwing tennis balls against the stairs and making glove saves that would win my team the Stanley Cup.
Hockey was all I thought about and there was no doubt in my mind I would play in the NHL.
But not everyone else thought so.
Littman was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and played for both the Sabres and Tampa Bay, as well as in the AHL, ECHL and IHL. Currently he’s the producer of EA Sports NHL series and now a blogger with THN, promising a lot of great stories.