Former NHL left wing-turned Kings radio analyst Daryl Evans recalls his role in the 1982 'Miracle on Manchester.'
Status: Former NHL left wing from 1981-1991 with Los Angeles, Washington, and Toronto. Currently serves as radio analyst for Los Angeles.
Ht: 5-8 Wt: 185 pounds
DOB: January 12, 1961 In: Toronto, Ontario
Hockey Inspirations: "Probably to push the game on to the next generations coming. It's been great being involved in the game on so many different levels. Now being able to give back... a lot of it is very rewarding."
First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: "At that time there were only six teams in the NHL. I can't say the exact first. One of the first things that stand out to me was in '72 watching the Team Canada play against the Russians in Maple Leaf Gardens when they played in that series in '72 and it was a game I still remember the score. Canada won by a score of 4-2. I remember going to that game it was real special. Saw the practice in the mornings as well."
Greatest Sports Moment(s): "Probably stepping on the ice and playing in the NHL - I think as a youngster you dream about that. And then playing in the game without a doubt the 'Miracle on Manchester.' Scoring the overtime goal in that game."
Most Painful Moment: "I don't really see anything as being painful. I guess looking at it now you'd probably say having it come to an end. But even at that different doors open up and for whatever reason I've been able to stay in the game. And probably more involved than I ever anticipated at this stage in my life. I don't really have any regrets or anything disappointing about the game at all."
Favorite Uniforms: "I think if you look at the Original Six the log that stands out the most is the Chicago Blackhawks - I still admire that logo. Also Detroit and Montreal, and the unique color combination of the purple and gold of the Kings which was a different type if uniform."
Favorite Rinks To Play: "Going back to the Original Six - without a doubt the Canadian cities, stepping into Maple Leaf Gardens, the old Montreal Forum, Chicago creates a great environment. The way the fans get involved in Winnipeg. Even the way the game has evolved in California - the fan involvement and how much they've embraced the game and supported it."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Each team has different guys. Dry sense of humor and practical jokers. I think one of the most entertaining guys I played with in the Maple Leafs organization - Jim Ralph was our goaltender down in Newmarket. He does radio with them now. Quite entertaining. Great impersonations. He was a great story teller."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "I remember one where we were playing junior hockey and we had a bit of a brawl on the ice. A lot of punches being thrown and you're just jumping from scrum to scrum going in and out of em. And I remember going into one scrum and one of my teammates - he was outnumbered by a couple of guys - So I just went in kind of throwing punches. And I think I hit my own guy [smiles]. And I remember at the end of the night he thanked me for coming in and saving his life. And I was the guy that hit [laughs]. "
Strangest Game: "I think you look at the 'Miracle on Manchester.' Having the five goal deficit - definitely a strange game. When I played junior hockey there was a game that we were trailing by three goals with less than 2:00 left. Then came back and tied it and won that one in overtime. And then the very first playoff game that I played in - that was against Edmonton as well. That was a 10-8 game - and that still stands as the most goals scored in a playoff game. That was a crazy affair that went back and forth. Eighteen goals. It was fun to be on the right side of it."
Funny Hockey Memory: "There's so many things. All the people you come across. There's so many different characters that you come across. Maybe watching Phil Esposito as a youngster when he came out on the ice introduced for Team Canada and he slipped on the ice. Just to kinda see - those guys are humans as well. I remember as a kid we had a chuckle about that. It brought things into perspective - even the best in the game - those types of things happen to them."
Most Memorable Goal: "Without a doubt the 'Miracle on Manchester.' But I think scoring the very first goal of my career was against Chico Resch (vs Colorado Rockies). And then I remember scoring a goal in Maple Leaf Gardens. Growing up in Toronto - that was special as well."
People Qualities Most Admired: "Just people that are honest. People that are not selfish. People that are easy-going and fun-loving. People that just enjoy life."
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "There's different types. From a physical standpoint and competitiveness - just a compete level and getting involved in one on one battles on the ice. I remember playing against Wayne Gretzky and just the tenacity that he had on the puck. Harold Snepsts was a player that was hard to play against. He was a guy that didn't have too much respect for the opposing team let alone smaller guys. He was a big enforcer type defenseman. He was a presence in front of the net. I remember taking a lot of lumber from him. Every team had all kinds of guys."
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