Hockey Goalie Makes Behind-The-Back Save

If you’re a hockey fan, I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “a glove save and a beauty.” But, have you ever heard someone say “a behind-the-back save and a beauty?” I know it sounds crazy, but it recently happened. Thanks to YouTube you can watch the highlight over and over again. Check out the video below to see Drew MacIntyre pull off the most amazing (and probably the only) behind-the-back save you’ll ever see.

Drew MacIntyre is the goalie for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Marlies are the minor league affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacIntyre made this incredible behind-the-back save in a playoff game against the Rochester Americans on Saturday, and he probably couldn’t make the same stop again if he tried a thousand times.

With the game tied at three late in the second period, Johan Larsson fired a shot on goal. If it wasn’t for the quick reaction by Drew MacIntyre to fling his glove hand behind-his-back, Larsson would have easily made it a 4-3 game. Instead, MacIntyre (looking more like a magician than a hockey goalie) made the unbelievable save, and then guided the Toronto Marlies to a 6-3 win in game one of the series.

Behind-the-back Save

Drew MacIntyre

You’re probably wondering who in the world this Drew MacIntyre guy is. MacIntyre was a fourth round pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, but he’s spent most of his career in the minors. MacIntyre did have two brief stints in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks (2007-08) and the Buffalo Sabres (2011-12). The 29-year-old played a total of four games in the NHL and recorded a 2.29 goals against average. MacIntyre has played for three different teams (Prague Lev (KHL), Reading Royals (ECHL) and the Toronto Marlies) this season, but I guarantee this is the only behind-the-back save he’s made all year (or probably in his career).

Drew MacIntyre clearly hasn’t made a huge name for himself in the world of hockey (had you heard of him before this?), but people won’t forget him now. Being known as “the goalie who made the behind-the-back save” is better than not being remembered at all. I think MacIntyre’s stop is easily the save of the year, and I dare anyone to challenge me on that. Fire away!

What do you think of Drew MacIntyre’s behind-the-back save? Have you seen a better stop this season? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below (and link a video if you think there’s a better save this season) or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out All Around Tim for more on the world of sports, food and music!

Behind The Back Save

Drew MacIntyre makes an incredible behind-the-back save

Goalie Fight: Brandon Glover vs Austin Lotz

A Western Hockey League game between the Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips turned wild and crazy over the weekend. A line brawl ignited late in the third period, and it eventually led to a goalie fight between Seattle’s Brandon Glover and Everett’s Austin Lotz. There was big obstacle standing between the two goalies though – a linesman.

The whole thing started after Everett’s Mirco Mueller took Seattle’s Alexander Delnov into the boards. The Thunderbirds thought it was a dirty hit, so Evan Wardley quickly took down Mueller in revenge (even though Mueller was never called for a penalty on the check). That led to a bunch of pushing and shoving, but no real goonage — until Brandon Glover decided to get involved. He sprinted down the ice after Austin Lotz. Before Glover could get there, a linesman tried to intercept him to break up the fight. That didn’t seem to matter to either of the goalies, because they decided to fight anyway — even with the linesman standing between them. Check this out!

Before I move on, I need to rant:

What is happening to hockey? Linesmen used to let players fight; only stepping in when the fight was over. Now, linesmen are breaking up fights before they even get started. It was very clear that Glover and Lotz were both willing combatants, and the linesman was still going to stop them from throwing blows anyway. I understand that he was trying to keep order, but it still breaks my heart as a hockey fan. Fighting is a part of the game — plain and simple. Quit trying to take fighting out of hockey!

Okay, now that’s out of my system…

Lotz is escaping this goalie fight without much damage, but the same can’t be said for Glover. He received two-minutes for instigating the fight, two-minutes for leaving the crease, five-minutes for fighting and a game-misconduct for his actions. The league also handed Glover a two-game suspension and fined the Thunderbirds $500 for the fight. As for Lotz, he received a five-minute major for fighting, but he was allowed to stay in the game while someone served the penalty for him.

It wasn’t the best goalie fight blow-for-blow, but you definitely won’t find a more entertaining goalie fight this year. I really hope the linesman learned a valuable lesson. If players want to fight…let them fight. They’ll find a way to drop the mitts if you’re standing in the way or not.

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Goalie Fight Linesman

Austin Lotz, the linesman and Brandon Glover

Hockey Coach Mocks ‘Blind’ Referee

It’s not unusual to see baseball managers lose their cool on the diamond. It actually happens all the time. We’ve seen coaches cover home plate in dirt, throw bases and even toss a rosin bag like a grenade (or all three combined in one single epic meltdown). It’s not often you see a hockey coach takes to the ice though, especially with a pair of sunglasses and a stick to mock a ”blind” referee.

The ”blind” referee incident happened during a North American Hockey League game between the Wenatchee Wild and Kenai River Brown Bears. Wenatchee associate head coach Chris Clark apparently wasn’t happy about the officiating, and maybe he had good reason to be upset. There were 109 penalty minutes handed out in the game, and 70 of those went to the Wild. After a fight in the third period gave Kenai River a seven-minute power play, Clark finally lost his cool. He put on a pair of shades, grabbed a stick, walked onto the ice and mocked the “blind” referee:

We’ve seen hockey coaches get upset in the past, but you NEVER see anything like this. They usually just stomp around and throw sticks or a bench on the ice. I’m sure in an effort to look as clumsy as possible, Clark looked more like Charlie Chaplin in a silent movie anything else. Unfortunately for Clark, not everyone finds the “blind” referee protest funny, instead they think it’s in bad taste. The Wenatchee fan who emailed me this clip said, “While I would not normally condone this type of protest, in my personal opinion, it was quite befitting the entire night’s officiating.” So, maybe it’s one of those had-to-be-there moments. I don’t think everyone will be as understanding though.

While the Wenatchee players and fans clearly enjoyed the show, the referee did not. He quickly ejected Clark from the game (to no one’s surprise). Clark only missed the last 6:29 of the contest, but I’m sure he’ll be out much longer than that moving forward. It’s junior hockey (where it seems like fighting happens as often as goal scoring), but I can only imagine Clark will receive a hefty suspension and fine from the NAHL. On the other hand, Clark is giving the league some serious attention because of his “blind” referee antics, so maybe they’ll take it easy on him. Any publicity is good publicity, right? I’ll update this story when I find out more about Clark’s suspension.

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Hockey Coach Mocks Blind Referee

Wenatchee Wild associate coach mocks ‘blind’ referee

 

Goalie Fight: Dustin Tokarski vs Eddie Pasquale

I know there are a lot of people who don’t care for hockey fights, but I love them. I played hockey growing up, so I understand their importance to the game. There are different types of hockey fights: the typical one-on-one bout, a line brawl and then there’s a goalie fight. It’s the most unusual (because of all the pads they wear) and rare hockey fight you’ll find. That’s why this goalie fight between Dustin Tokarski and Eddie Pasquale is such a gem.

The goalie fight between Dustin Tokarski and Eddie Pasquale happened in last night’s American Hockey League game between the Syracuse Crunch and St. John’s IceCaps. A line brawl broke out in the second period, which eventually resulted in 70 penalty minutes. Tokarski was dinged for leaving the crease, fighting and a game-misconduct, while Pasquale took penalties for leaving the crease, fighting and two game misconducts. The two goalies accounted for 44 of the brawl’s 70 penalty minutes.

The goalie fight clearly worked in Syracuse’s favor. The Crunch trailed the game 3-2 at the time, but rallied for four unanswered goals and a 6-3 win after the brawl. I think Dustin Tokarski was the clear winner in the fight, and that helped jump-start Syracuse. That’s one of the huge perks of a hockey fight — it fires up your teammates. That means Tokarski had as much an impact on that victory as anyone else, even though he was sitting in the locker room at the time of the comeback.

There’s a good chance you’ll see Dustin Tokarski and Eddie Pasquale in the National Hockey League at some point. Tokarski has actually played in the NHL already. He tended the net in seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning over the last two seasons. He was a fifth round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. I actually covered Tokarski when he played for the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs (he’s a good kid and I really hope he does well in the future). As for Pasqualle, he was a fourth round pick by the Atlanta Thrashers (who are now the Winnipeg Jets) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the last two seasons in the AHL after a successful run with the Belleville Bulls and Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

While Dustin Tokarski and Eddie Pasquale are stuck in the minors for now, this goalie fight at least gives them some name recognition among hockey fans. Video of their goalie fight has spread all over the internet, so while they might not be NHL stars yet, they’re fight has gone viral. That’s something to brag about, isn’t it?

Have you ever seen a goalie fight in person? Who do you think won this bout — Dustin Tokarski or Eddie Pasquale? I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for more on sports, music and food!

Goalie Fight | Tokarski vs Pasquale

Dustin Tokarski vs Eddie Pasquale

The NHL Lockout Is Another Blow To Fans

The National Hockey League is at a labor standstill for the fourth time since 1992. The owners and players can’t reach an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which means the NHL lockout is officially underway (as of 12:01am). And with that, another hockey season is threatened, and fans — like me – are ready to run for the exits.

NHL Lockout Arena

Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Let me first say this — the NHL is a joke. I’m a huge hockey fan, but I just can’t take it anymore. The league wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, and it never fully bounced back (even though it seemed like they were on their way). Sure, the major market teams had support, but small market teams still struggled (take Atlanta (now in Winnipeg) and Phoenix for example). For years, it was hard to even find the NHL on television (games were bogged down on Versus, which is now the respectable NBC Sports Network). It’s almost like the league didn’t exist for a while – and it still doesn’t exist in some people’s eyes.

There’s a reason for that lack of interest — the NHL doesn’t care about its fans. The league has made that very clear over the last 20 years. The players went on strike in 1992 (for only ten days before an agreement was reached), and the owners locked out the players in 1994-95 (only playing 48 games of an 84 schedule that year) and 2004-05 (wiping out the entire year — like I mentioned before). Training camp isn’t set to start this year until September 21st and regular season games don’t begin until October, so all is not lost — yet.

Yes, I understand labor disputes happen in the business world. And yes, I understand there’s a lot of money involved. At the core of the NHL labor dispute is a $3.3 billion pot of revenue. It’s a tug-of-war between the owners and players — both want more. I want to call them greedy, but I can’t — I’d want more money if I was involved too. But, what everyone has to understand is that $3.3 billion pot doesn’t exist without the fans/viewers. Unfortunately, it’s easier for an outsider to see that than the owners and players who are caught up in the fight.

NHL Labor Dispute

Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

I’m not a quitter, but I’m ready to give up on the NHL. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, and we lose a chunk of the season, I’ll have no problem bidding one of my favorite sports goodbye. That’s not easy for me to say. I’m a lifelong NHL fan. I grew up in the Seattle area, so we had access to Hockey Night in Canada on CBC every Saturday. My dad is huge hockey guy (particularly passionate about the Chicago Blackhawks), so we’d always gather around the TV to watch games. We’d even make the two-hour+ trek north just to watch the Vancouver Canucks play, and then we’d make the two-hour+ drive home that same night. I’ve never let go of that passion, and I honestly don’t want to.

I know hockey isn’t for everyone, but it means the world to me. I can’t imagine turning away from the NHL, but they might force my hand. It’s like being in a relationship where you love and love and love, but the other person just doesn’t care about you. I wouldn’t hang on to a relationship like that, so why should I keep loving the NHL if they keep spitting in my face.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a peaceful ending…

What’s your take on the NHL lockout? Are you going to remain a fan if the NHL lockout carries into the regular season? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and/or Google+. Don’t forget to also check out more great sports coverage right now on http://allaroundtim.com.

P.S. I’m sorry if I rambled — I got heated about the NHL lockout and just started writing. These were the first thoughts to come to my head. I hope it all made sense!

Ruslan Salei Tribute | A Must-See Memorial

There are tributes and memorials — and then there’s this: A friend of mine forwarded a video to me on Twitter earlier today, and I felt like I needed to share it. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I’m talking about the very unique memorial for fallen hockey player Ruslan Salei.

Ruslan Salei was one of 44 people killed when the airplane carrying the Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed shortly after takeoff in Russia on September 7, 2011. That means the anniversary of the crash and Salei’s death are upon us, so there’s no better time to share something like this.

The former Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche defenseman was honored last weekend in Minsk, Belarus (where he was born and raised) with the first Ruslan Salei Memorial Tournament. The event had plenty of great hockey, but it also included this amazing sand animation tribute to Salei’s life:

Ruslan Salei was a first round pick (ninth overall) by the Mighty Ducks (now just the Ducks) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He spent parts of nine seasons in Anaheim before signing with the Panthers as a free agent in 2006. He played parts of two seasons in Florida before he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 2008. Salei then wrapped up his NHL career with the Red Wings in 2011. In all, Salei played 917 games in the National Hockey League, registering 45 goals, 145 assists (204 points) and 1,065 penalty minutes.

Salei’s NHL career was over, but he wasn’t quite done with hockey. He decided to take his game back overseas when signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in July of 2011. And a few months later, at just 36-years-old, Ruslan Salei’s life came to a tragic end. But, as you can see from the video and the memorial tournament, he won’t soon be forgotten.

Ruslan Salei Tribute

Ruslan Salei
1974-2011

What do you think of the tribute? Have you ever seen anything like this before? I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and/or Google+. You can also find more sports coverage right now at http://allaroundtim.com.