Two Wrongs and a Right

Here are two wrong ways to use a hockey stick, followed by the right way.

WRONG WAY #1 – Using your stick to start a fight…between fans.
After being named the first star of the game, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer tosses his stick over the glass, intending to give it to a little girl. But his toss had bad aim, and the stick ended up in the midst of some adults who decided to fight over it.

WRONG WAY #2 – Using your stick to (literally) beat the goalie…on your own team.
Keith Ballard of the Florida Panther attempts to bang his stick on the goalpost after the Atlanta Thrashers score. Instead, he cracks his own goalie–Tomas Vokoun–in the head. Vokoun, who was removed from the game on a stretcher, was cut and needed stitches.

(You only really need to see the first 1:15)

Now, check out this sweet goal by Chicago Blackahwks captain Jonathan Toews, who beats two defenders and the goalie, scores while getting tripped, and celebrates his goal in mid-air a la Bobby Orr.

Kids, that’s how you use a hockey stick. What an awesome goal. Too bad the Blackhawks lost that game 4-1.


Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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