Wednesday, November 7, 2012
TTM Success: Rich Pilon
Rich Pilon was a key member of the 1993 New York Islanders play-off run. He's best remembered for the Kevin Stevens incident in the first period of game 7 of the Patrick Division final. Stevens has knocked unconscious while attempting to lay a big hit on Pilon. Stevens' face hit against Pilon's visor, and he was unconscious before he slammed to the ice, face first. Stevens would need extensive facial surgery. The Islanders would go on to win the game in overtime, ending the Penguins' chance at a third straight cup. Before getting all Don Cherry on Pilon, please know that Pilon's career was almost ended in 1989, after getting hit in the eye with a puck, that shattered his orbital bone. Pilon's entire career was mired by injuries and eventually ended with a wrist injury eight games into the 2001-02 season. Pilon now lives in Saskatchewan. He teaches youth the benefits of hockey and the dangers of substance abuse.