J.J. Daigneault scored 53 goals and 250 points in 899 career NHL games. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Status: Former NHL defenseman from 1984-2001 played 899 games for 10 clubs: Vancouver, Philadelphia, Montreal, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Islanders, Nashville, Phoenix and Minnesota. 1984 Olympian. Currently an assistant coach with the American League’s Hartford Wolfpack.
Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 180 pounds
DOB: Oct. 12, 1965 In: Montreal
Hockey Inspirations: "While I was playing? Well, it was to win the Stanley Cup…and score a hat trick. I grew up watching Raymond Bourque when I was a young kid; 12 or 13 years old. I used to go see him play junior."
Nicknames: "J.J. (is short for Jean Jacques)."
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "Playing the guitar and working on my house. Woodwork."
First Hockey Memory: "Would be Stanley Cup parades in Montreal in the 1970s. Probably skipping school, which wasn't good, but going to the Montreal Canadiens parade. My first one, I can't remember which year, but they won four in a row in the ‘70s. And obviously I was a big fan of the Canadiens, growing up five minutes from the Forum."
First Job: "The newspaper, Sunday newspaper. The smaller paper in Montreal. I had to wake up at 3 a.m. on Sunday mornings to pass the paper. It was a difficult job. The paper, when it was printed, had a very strong smell. So it was difficult not to be sick in the back of the van just putting papers together."
Greatest Sports Moment: "I would say winning the Stanley Cup in Montreal in 1992-93."
Most Painful Moment: "Probably my nine trades (laughs)."
Favorite Uniforms: "I'd say the Montreal Canadiens."
Favorite Arena To Play: "Chicago Stadium. Old Chicago Stadium. Climbing up the stairs. To climb up and then get on the ice. That was very special."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "When I was a young kid, 20 years old playing with the Flyers, I bought a VCR on the street in New York. And when I went up to my room I had two bricks in the box (laughs). So that was embarrassing. I paid $60 for the package and I ended up paying $30 a brick."
Closest NHL Friends: "Patrick Roy when I played with the Canadiens."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Marc Bergevin."
Toughest Competitors: "Mark Messier, to play against. And to play with, Kirk Muller. (Why him?) Very difficult to play against. He was very strong on the puck, down low, very difficult to get the puck away from him. He was just difficult to play against."
Most Memorable Goal: "I would say the 1987 Stanley Cup finals Game 6, game-winner (with Flyers vs. Fuhr). That brought us to a seventh game in Edmonton, which we lost."
Strangest Game: "I remember one game in Quebec City. Patrick Roy had a shot from the slot that hit him in the helmet. And it kind of popped his helmet half way off. Or halfway out. And while the play was exiting out of the offensive zone, he took his helmet off and his gloves – his mitt and his blocker – and started to work on his helmet. But the referee never blew the whistle. So Quebec transitioned and were coming back at him. But he was with no helmet or no gloves. So you see him putting everything back on in a hurry…I thought that was the funniest moment of my career."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Integrity, good character and honesty."
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