Leave it to your Tampa Bay Lightning to host Darth Maul at a Bolts game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Seriously, this really did happen.
As you may recall, last season – on February 16, 2012 to be exact – the Lightning held their promotional Star Wars Night for a regular season game against the San Jose Sharks.
Not long after, a photo surfaced on the Internet of the infamous Star Wars villain skating on the Times Forum ice at the intermission with a double-bladed hockey stick, mimicking his dual-edged lightsaber used in the films.
Problem was, the picture itself was Photoshopped from its original form, seen here, and all the lore that followed was deemed to be merely fiction.
Until now, that is.
The Grand Rapids Griffins, American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, seemingly were inspired by the photo and decided to make a composite stick featuring a blade on each end to have the “Frankenstick” as it is called, come to be a reality.
To test it out, they left the task up to none other than Red Wings prospect, stick wizard, and sick hands guru Tomas Jurco, who after a few futile attempts, actually got a pretty good rhythm going by juggling the puck while using the stick itself as a twirling baton.
Here is the video:
Some of Jurco’s teammates even tried their hand at the skill, but couldn’t quite master it like he did.
Turns out he has had some practice though, as his other videos on YouTube have gone viral, including this one:
He is a Red Wings prospect, but keep in mind, the inspiration for the project began right here in Tampa Bay.
Perhaps the timing couldn’t be better for this one, seeing that the month of May is often associated with graduations from both high school and college.
An image of John Tortorella’s yearbook photo surfaced on the famous Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy blog this week, in which it was revealed that back during his days as a student at Concord-Carlisle High School, he actually went by the nickname “Tort” rather than “Torts.”
There is also a brief passage above the photo highlighting a few key characteristics about the former Bolts coach during his heyday, revealing that he is a big fan of Saturday Night Live and bathroom brawls, whatever that means.
The retrospective picture is really the focus of the Puck Daddy Article, until you scroll down a bit more and see that the editors had a little fun with Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien as well, as they apparently dug up his high school photo too while they were at it, which you can see here.
BRINGING PESKY BACK
Those pesky Sens.
Not only did the Ottawa Senators make it to the second round of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they’re also making headlines on YouTube for their parody video of Justin Timberlake’s “Bringing Sexy Back.”
To no fault of their own, of course.
In fact, the team itself had nothing to do with this, but the same cannot be said for those responsible, which would be the news crew of CTV Ottawa’s Morning Live.
The staff got together to film a brief music video, which embodies the character of the Senators team this year, as having a grinder-type mentality but which can also score goals and get under the skin of their opponents. There are even a few shout-outs to Senators players, and one heck of a stand-in double for head coach Paul MacLean, who by the way, has an equally impressive mustache as the real Ottawa coach.
The video can be seen here:
Still, I think it’s safe to say the Senators have some tough competition, not only on the ice, but off of it too.
The Penguins, Ottawa’s second-round opponent, are a good team built to win. Away from the playing surface, Pittsburgh also has some brave, unabashed fans who apparently took a page out of David Puddy’s book in the department of team spirit.
Here is one photo illustrating what I mean, and another.