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Joey MacDonald Saved By A Contract Offer

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Upon hearing of the plane crash in Russia that killed almost the entire Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey team Wednesday, Joey MacDonald paused for a moment at the thought that it could’ve been him.

The Detroit Red Wings’ goalie was certain he was headed to Russia to play this season and Yaroslavl was one of the Kontinental Hockey League teams that had been pursuing him until he re-signed with Detroit on July 2.

“It’s tough, especially with me talking to them,” MacDonald said Thursday after a skate with his teammates at Joe Louis Arena. “If I would’ve known the guys (former teammate Ruslan Salei, Detroit assistant coach Brad McCrimmon) that were going over there, I probably would’ve signed with them.


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UMFan's avatar

I know how MacDonald feels. Summer of 01 I had an in for a bond trading job with a company based on one of the upper floors of the WTC. The money was really good and the job sounded like a lot of fun. Was told the job was basically mine if I wanted it, which was nice to hear given that the company I was working for at that time was going through some trouble. Thought about it for about a week and decided that living in New York just wasn’t me so I turned it down. I think about that decision every year around this time and how that decision probably saved my life. I guess sometimes you get lucky.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 09/09/11 at 12:15 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

Manny Legace is always so honest and forthright.
That is really endearing.
Where else have you heard a player talk about the flying experience and individuals’ fear of flying?
Thanks for your candor, Manny.

Posted by w2j2 on 09/09/11 at 09:04 AM ET

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