When the New Jersey Devils take to the ice in our nation’s capital tonight against the Washington Capitals, it will be the first of two consecutive games played at the Verizon Center in a very unusual scheduling quirk. Typically, teams will play two or three home and home series in a season, but usually never play two consecutive games at the same road arena. Coincidentally, the Devils will begin a traditional home and home series with the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Prudential Center before playing at the MTS Centre on Thursday. In honor of this odd upcoming schedule for the Devils, please enjoy the other humorous moments of the hockey season thus far.
Did Johan Hedberg ask for a Hot Dog? (New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins January 29, 2013)
During a shootout at the TD Garden between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils last month, Tyler Seguin stepped onto the ice as the first shooter for the Bruins. Seguin scored to put the Bruins up 1-0, but it wasn’t the usual shootout goal. Just as Seguin moved in on Hedberg a fan threw debris onto the ice that slid between Hedberg and the goal line. After a discussion, the referees determined that Seguin would have to reshoot. Luckily, for the Bruin’s sake and the fan’s sake, Seguin was able to beat Hedberg for a second time and put the Bruins up 1-0. The debris was later identified as a hot dog. I don’t think it had any condiments, because there was no residue left on the ice. Of course the fan could have accounted for this and thrown the hot dog perfectly. The world may never now.
Condor Delay- Everybody Stay Calm
The Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL decided that it would be a good idea to live up to their nickname. They decided to have a live condor present during the national anthem of a game played a few weeks ago. When one of the largest land birds in North America started to disagree with his handler, chaos ensued. The bird slid a short distance before being grabbed by his handler. The handler then started to run with the condor to the condor’s cage. It’s safe to say that this wasn’t a good idea. The handler wiped out and the bird was loose on the ice. It proceeded to the Condors bench and then jumped up. The players and coaches were terrified and some began to leave the bench. The sideshow ended when the condor headed down the tunnel from the bench to the locker room. He was whistled off for a game misconduct. The referees had to do it, because they couldn’t install a roof on the penalty box.
The Stick Eating Zamboni
On Feb. 3 during the Capitals and Penguins game at Verizon Center, Mike Green lost his stick in the course of the play. It seemed like a common mishap, but Green has someone or something to blame: the Zamboni. Green skated by the corner in the Capitals defensive zone and his stick became lodged in the boards. It turned out to be stuck in a door along the boards that allows the Zamboni access to the ice. Clearly, this was a case of poor planning by the Capitals’ ice crew.
I hope you enjoyed these stories from the lighter side of hockey. For the New Jersey Devils, there will be no laughing unless they start to play complete games. This will not be easy in the near future as the Devils lineup is different each night. Stay tuned for future columns on the humorous moments of hockey.