Good to hear your finally getting back to the ice. Hope the knee holds up for you. Thanks for the kind words regarding Gator.
Funny story on a penalty shot he faced yesterday Vs Jamestown
One of his defenseman got called for covering the puck in the crease so a penalty shot was awarded. One ref placed the puck at center and explained the rules to the shooter while the other explained them to Gator. Gator lazily leaned on his left post as the ref went over them.
The center ice ref whistled the play start and gator remained leaned on his post waving the shooter in as if to say "here's the net...its all yours". The opponents bench went into an uproar. The shooter got about 3 or 4 strides into his puck carry when gator launched off the post for his two hard strides, making a hard stop at about halfway to the hash marks. The shooter must have thought Gator was charging cause he just about came to a complete stop and then restarted towards the net but very shakily. On reaching the hash marks the kid tried to deke going to his back hand but ended up losing the puck and tripping over his own skates. Gator has to have scared the hell out of the shooter! lol Gator fell over laughing LOUDLY at the poor kid and just did a two pad stack for the hell of it....too funny! The Coach was calling for an unsportsmanlike on Gator but the Ref told him to stop whining, play hockey.
scrum that lead to the penalty shot: Gator tryingto push the D out of the crease:
Gator laughing at the poor kid as he never gets a shot off:
Team mates celebrate him stopping the penalty shot:
Sorry for the crappy pics but Leisure Rink has the worste lighting around...
This would have been my favorite pic of gator this season but the Auto Focus grabbed Yeggi's stick as he skated into the frame:
By the way, that vid you did up for me is now on youtube and at a guys myspace site. It gets a bit of play time for a pre-game "pump up"!