NHL Hall of Famer to Drive Pace Car
GoPro: NHL Hall of Famer Brad Park Drives Pace Car
A six-time runner up as the National Hockey League's top defenseman, Brad Park will trade his skates for driving shoes when he gets behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2014 Toyota Camry SE Pace Car, leading the field for the start of the SYLVANIA 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Playing in the same era as Bobby Orr, Park is considered one of the greatest defenseman to ever play the game, finishing behind the legendary No. 4 for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman on six separate occasions.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1988 during his first year of eligibility and remains a household name among New England hockey fans.
Playing for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, and Detroit Red Wings, Park finished his NHL career with 213 goals, 683 assists and 896 points. He recorded 100 goals and 317 assists during his time with the Black and Gold in Beantown, where he took over the blue-line reins for the soon-to-be departing Orr. Playing under legendary coach Don Cherry, Park transformed his game from an end-to-end offensive threat to a hard-nosed defenseman, who played countless minutes against team's top lines.
An enemy of the Bruins during his time with the rival Rangers (1968-75), Park earned the respect from the fans after hitch-hiking a ride from two teenagers in the wee hours of the morning after his car ran out of gas. Park followed through with free tickets to the next Bruins game at the Garden.
Park played more than 1,000 games in the National Hockey League, was a nine-time All-Star, and winner of the 1984 Masterson Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
Signing with the Red Wings as a free agent in 1983, Park retired from the game in 1985 after 17 seasons and currently ranks 13th on the all-time scoring list for NHL blue-liners.