An Old Hartford Whalers Story, A LinkShareThis
As I mentioned yesterday, my Dad is down from Kelowna to spend the weekend out here.
The fiancee made us one hell of a good dinner, and Dad and I sat around and drank some wine and talked hockey. By the way, you’d be surprised at how rarely we talk hockey.
Here’s the story I thought was most entertaining:
Remember the way old nets were shaped?
The bottom portion used to look more like a “W” with the open part facing out, where the outer parts of the “W” were rounded - apparently this was to give the net better balance. The rest of the dimensions of the net were the same.
Well, apparently the winds of change started blowing one fateful night in the 70′s in Hartford.
Mark Howe of the Whalers was driving the net full speed on Billy Smith and the Islanders, racing a defenseman back when something went horribly, horribly wrong.
A shot came from the boards, which Smith easily stopped. Howe and the defenseman got tangled, and the Islanders defenseman ended up on top of Howe as they slid full speed into the net.
Well, that “V” shape in the middle of the net – pointed part of the “v” facing out – apparently got Howe in a certain orifice that usually acts as an exit, not an entrance (listed on his Wikipedia page as “upper thigh,” apparently not the case).
And not just “got” him, I mean…..bad. Like, lots of blood bad. Like, trainers telling him not to move until they figure out how to deal with the issue bad.
I’m not that comfortable going too in-depth as I’m playing telephone on someone else’s story, but it sounds like some reconstructive surgery was required to fix, um, certain tears. (Wiki page does say he was ”essentially impaled by the metal.”)
Can you believe that? Can you imagine if that happened in TODAY’S media climate what would happen to that story? It’d make awesome twitter hashtag history. It’d be funnier than Sami Salo nut jokes. Gold, Jerry, gold.
Head on over to Puck Daddy and check out my column today, I think you’ll like it. In honor of Rene Bourque’s spear, I ranked the Top Five Cheap On-Ice Moves in order of no-no-ness.
Oh, before you go, watch this (via Deadspin/Puck Daddy):
Oh, also a good story: a 1,100 Quebecers are heading to Nassau Coliseum basically to campaign to get a franchise. Actually, they’re going to NY, getting in New Yorkers faces, and basically saying they deserve Long Island’s franchise (or Atlanta’s). Yeah that’s gonna end well.
Have a great Justin’s birthday weekend! The kid’s turning 28. Might be time to stop calling myself that.