|Born||October 2, 1968 |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Minnesota North Stars|
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||40th overall, 1988|
Minnesota North Stars
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Link was drafted in the second round, 40th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars.
According to then-North Stars general manager Lou Nanne, he was intended to provide on-ice protection for forward Mike Modano, Minnesota's No. 1 overall pick that year. Four months after being drafted by the North Stars, he was arrested & charged with drunk driving.
After 17 games over two seasons with Minnesota, he was taken by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Expansion Draft.
On April 2, 1992 at 10:00 am, Link was thrown from the passenger seat of a car driven by a friend. The friend (later charged with driving under the influence) had lost control of the car on an off-ramp at 80 mph.
Link arrived at the Peninsula Hospital with back and facial injuries and was semi-comatose for eight days. His mother, Sonja Koskinen flew down from Vancouver to hear doctors say her son might die. His brain stem had been injured and awoke with his left side partially paralyzed & no memory of the accident.
Link left the hospital after six weeks. Over the next two months, he worked with therapists to regain movement & speech and confounded doctors by returning to the ice late that summer, skating twice daily.
He would later be released from the hospital and several months later, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
From there, he never played another game in the NHL and found himself playing in a wide variety of cities and leagues all over Canada and the United States.
While playing with the Thetford Mines Prolab of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH) on March 13, 2005, in a game against the Verdun Dragons, Link did not take a shift during the first or second period. During the second intermission, he changed out of his jersey and skates and went out to the concession stand to buy a hamburger and "promptly ate it".
Thetford Mines Prolab considered this disrespectful to the players and suspended him for the remainder of the season.
The incident later earned Link the reputation as one of the "quirkiest athletes in pro sports" in his native Canada.
Roller Hockey Career[edit | edit source]
Link also spent some time in 1994 with Roller Hockey International playing 8 games (1G, 3A, 4PTS, 46 PIM) for the Sacramento River Rats where he was kicked off the team for "beating up the trainer" in his own recollection..