Al Macinnis Quotes

Allan "Al" MacInnis (born July 11, 1963) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman who played 23 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues. A first round selection of the Flames in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, he went on to become a 13-time All-Star. He was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player of the playoffs in 1989 after leading the Flames to the Stanley Cup championship. He was voted the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy in 1999 as the top defenceman in the league while a member of the Blues. On January 27, 2017, in a ceremony during the All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, MacInnis was part of the second group of players to be named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history

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Al Macinnis


Resisting conformity and developing some small eccentricities are among the steps to independence and self-confidence.

Al Macinnis


“There's things that I miss and there's adjustments to be made. But as far as playing, no regrets.”

Al Macinnis


“The way I look at . . . on the one hand, yeah, I would have loved to been able to play my last game (being aware of it). But on the other side, I'm so fortunate to play as long as I did play. So fortunate to play with the players and the teams that I did play with. And that's what I've got to look at. In the long run, I was very, very lucky.”

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“I just felt that after not playing competitively for two years that I could not reach that level of play again. It was strictly time.”

Al Macinnis


“I am truly honored that the Blues have elected to retire my number, and I'm flattered to join the list of players who have been recognized before me. I will always consider myself part of the Blues family and will look back on my playing days here with fond memories of my teammates, my coaches, the staff and, last but not least, the fans.”

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“It's not the way it's supposed to be here, it's never been close to this since I've been here. Hopefully, once the new guys take over we can get things going and get back to where it used to be.”

Al Macinnis


“I wish I could skate one more shift, take one more slap shot from the blue line, for the best fans of hockey. But knowing my No. 2 will forever have a home here is more than I could ask.”

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“Detroit's added Derian Hatcher. Colorado's got Rob Blake and Adam Foote. To have [Pronger] back and with the addition of Murray, it's got to help us.”

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The first thing I noticed about him was that he was born the same year I was drafted. ... That's a pretty scary thought.

Al Macinnis


“Nobody has worked harder to be a head coach than Mike Kitchen.”

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