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IslesBlog Podcast: Former Islanders Defenceman Rich Pilon

In the latest edition of the IslesBlog Podcast, Joe Buono is joined by former Islanders Defenceman Rich Pilon who played parts of 12 seasons with the Isles from 1988-1999. Pilon was drafted by the team in 1986 and made his debut two years later at age 20 during the 1988-89 season. He was part of the 1992-93 team that beat the Washington Capitals and the 2x defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Joe and Rich discuss:

  • How he found out he was drafted by the Islanders
  • Being challenged by Al Arbour to become a stay at home Defenceman
  • His first NHL goal vs the Edmonton Oilers in 1990
  • The future of fighting in the NHL
  • Dale Hunter’s cheap shot on Pierre Turgeon
  • The Game 7 hit on Kevin Stevens
  • Beating Lemieux, Jagr and the defending champion Penguins
  • The unveiling of the “Fisherman” jersey
  • “Sick to stomach” when being putting on Rangers sweater for first time
  • Being “bronzed” in Mario Lemieux statue
  • A future in coaching at the NHL level
  • Memories of the Nassau Coliseum


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