Episode 063: Val Fonteyne – From Wetaskiwin, Alberta To The NHL

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Today’s guest grew up in the prairie town of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Episode 063He had a very successful junior career with the Medicine Hat Tigers and eventually went on to play in the NHL. Before making his jump to the NHL he ended up playing senior hockey, which back in his day there wasn’t a whole of difference between senior hockey and the National Hockey League.

The pay check back then wasn’t all that big, in fact the starting salary for an NHL player was $7000 per year. Players definitely didn’t play the game for the money, they played the game because they loved it.

He began his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings back in 1959 and finished his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins and wrapped up his professional hockey career with the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers at the age of 41.

Links: Val’s Hockey Stats
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