A visit to Minnesota gives us a chance to catch up with Jason Pominville, one of the nicer guys you’re going to meet in the NHL.
Now a top winger with the Wild, Ottawa fans remember all too well the goal he scored as a Sabre to knock the Senators out of the 2006 playoffs.
Pominville says it remains the biggest goal he has ever scored in this life.
“It’s going to be tough to beat,” said Pominville. “It was my first year, and playing that team so many times, and I think they were a bit of a favourite, to be able to go in there and pull it off was just an amazing accomplishment.
“I think it kind of established myself as a guy on the team that made me fit in, everyone maybe accepted me as part of the team. It was nice to get that and to really get established in the league.”
If you’ll remember, Pominville stole the puck from Daniel Alfredsson on his way to scoring the shorthanded, series clincher.
Asked after the game what happened on the play, Alfredsson said he didn’t expect to lose control the way he did.
“It’s Jason Pominville,” he said, insinuating he didn’t think the kid would pose any type of threat.
When I mentioned this to Pominville yesterday, he said he understood why Alfredsson would think that way. He says there are a lot of first year players in the league now that he himself does not know very well.
“I had a chance to meet him at he all star game (in Ottawa),” Pominville said of Alfredsson. “He’s a good guy. He ended up picking me to be on his team.
“I remember he said, “I never thought I’d do this.”