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from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,
Phil Housley, who today at the St. Paul Hotel will be among recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, is twice appreciative of USA Hockey.
“They were the first people to give me a chance,” Housley said.
That was nearly 26 years ago, in 1982, when Housley was a senior at South St. Paul High School.
“USA Hockey allowed me to play in two exhibition games with the U.S. national team in Germany, playing against Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Clarke and many of the great players in the world before I was drafted, and I made the team,” he said. “That gave me a measuring stick.”
From the CP via TSN,
Dallas centre Mike Modano broke Phil Housley’s NHL record for career points by an American-born player with two quick goals in the opening minutes of the Stars’ game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
Modano’s two goals in the first 4:24 gave him 1,233 points in 1,253 regular-season games _ 242 games fewer than Housley played.
added 6:50am, Watch the record breaking goal…
From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
Phil Housley feels for Mike Modano. He thought his record would be broken earlier in the season, too.
Housley, the owner of the NHL’s all-time scoring record by an American-born player, has been waiting for the phone call telling him that Modano had eclipsed his total.
But Modano’s slow start has allowed the record chase to drag on a bit.
“It’s tough on him, I can tell,” Housley said by phone as he vacationed in Arizona on Friday. “But I know he’s going to get it. It’s just a matter of time.”
From Kevin Allen at USA Today,
Nashville Predators vice president Gerry Helper was a public relations staffer for the Sabres that season, and he recalls when 5-10, 170-pound Housley arrived at training camp he was so small “and boyish looking” that he didn’t fit the physical profile of a NHL player.
“But when you saw him on the ice it was a completely different story,” Helper recalled. “He was such a terrific skater. When he had the puck, he was unbelievable in terms of vision and creativity for an 18-year-old or a 28-year old.”
When he looked sharp in the training camp drills, critics said wait until the preseason games. When he was dominant in preseason games, they said wait until the regular season. “And when I was doing well at the beginning of the year, they said, ‘Wait until January,’ ” Housley said, seeming both amused and proud of the memory.