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Sunday, December 30, 2012
I saw a great note earlier by @cyclelikesedins on former Islander star Ziggy Palffy.
Leads me to this:
Palffy, now 40 years old, last played in the NHL in 2005-06 with Pittsburgh. He has since retired a couple of times, only to come back and play for HK 36 Skalica. After going 26-57-83 in 48 games last year, Palffy is 11-26-37 in 19 games this season.
Palffy made his NHL debut in the 1993-94 (Al Arbour's final season).
His first NHL goals came in the same game the following season--he scored twice 2:04 apart in the third period as the Islanders rallied for a 2-1 win over Florida at the Coliseum. The date was January 21, 1995 -- the first game after the lockout.
Palffy scored 329 games in the NHL and has added 273 more in the Czech (before his NHL career) and Slovak leagues.
Ziggy has also appeared in three Olympics (1994, 2002 and 2010) -- might an appearance in Ufa in 2014 make it four?
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick