MacInnis Inducted In Hockey Hall of Fame
Chris Pinkert | St. Louis Blues Online
But it did.
With not much else to do in Cape Breton Island, MacInnis would often help his father take care of a nearby ice rink in town. At night, the two of them would clean up, shut off the lights and lock the doors until morning. While his dad went through the nightly routine, MacInnis would walk around the rink’s parameter, picking up pucks that sailed over the glass. Each time he visited the rink with his father, he took home a few more. By the end of hockey season, he had amassed nearly a hundred pucks with which he could practice his shot.
As spring came, the weather warmed up and the ice rink closed down. MacInnis spent hours each day standing near his family’s barn, shooting pucks at a sheet of plywood that by the end of the summer, had taken quite a beating.
“That’s some of the stuff you reflect on when you’re thinking about the Hockey Hall of Fame and how fortunate you are. There were times where there were blisters on my hands where I couldn’t hold a stick the next day,” MacInnis said. “I was just doing it to pass time. Never did I think it would end up getting me into the Hall of Fame.” ...more
Previous Feature: Hall Doors to Open For MacInnis (June 29, 2007)
MacInnis By the Numbers:
1,416 Games Played, 340 Goals, 934 Assists, 1,274 Points
Stanley Cup (1989), Conn Smythe (1989), Olympic Gold Medal (2002), Norris Trophy (1999)