The time Alan May choked out Dino Ciccarelli
Former Caps winger Dino Ciccarelli will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday evening. In honor of the occasion, let me flash back a few weeks to Alan May's appearance on Japers Rink Radio. (Listen here.) The Comcast SportsNet analyst and Ivan Carter provocateur used to live with Ciccarelli on the road, so he dredged up this story for JRR.
"Dino had kids, I didn't have kids when I played, and Dino used to want the television off early in the room all the time," May began. "He'd go up tot the TV and shut it off, or he'd grab the remote control and shut it off. And I couldn't sleep, on the other hand. I was like a two-to-three hour kind of guy. And he'd try to go to sleep at 10, 11 o'clock.
"So one night he does it, and I finally had enough....He grabs the television remote from me, so I went over and grabbed it. And he came over and tried to grab it [back] and I put him in a headlock until he fell asleep. And [then] I watched television. He never took the remote again."
Well. Whether it's true or not, I don't know, but I certainly intend to choke out Eric Prisbell the next time we're paired in a Final Four hotel room.
May, though, was overwhelmingly affectionate when talking about Ciccarelli.
"One thing that should be noted when he goes in the Hall of Fame, he had over 600 goals, but he had more stitches in his face than he had goals," May said. "And I never saw the guy take a game off or miss the next power play because he went in the room to get 20 stitches or 25 stitches or took a puck to the face and could see out of only one eye. The guy was so tiny....I'd look at him sometimes, just a little troll over there on the road, he'd be so banged and bruised....
"Dino didn't miss games. This guy was so tough. He had bumps and bruises, he didn't wear the Kevlar equipment like a lot of guys. He was like a field lacrosse player, he just wore a little bit of equipment. But he played in front of the net like no one else has played the game. It was just amazing how tough he was. He always scored those goals, he loved to be the guy that scored the goal, and he was a great team player. He drove the coaches nuts because he always wanted to be on the ice, but that's the kind of player you want, and he gave his all. I can't remember seeing him dog it, ever....He drove people crazy, and I really love the game that he played. It's too bad that he ever left, because he was such a good player for the Capitals."
| November 8, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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