This Week in the NHL: Sarah Palin, Heckling, and Hollywood

Dan LondonCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2008

There were quite a few things going on in the NHL and around the world this week, including: some of the best heckling ever, Sarah Palin dropping another puck, the Lightning finally winning and promoting the movie SAW IX and a bunch more.

  • Sarah Palin, the VP candidate on the Republican ticket, continued her quest to become the first female NHL referee if she and McCain lose the election. She dropped the puck at a game in Philly a few weeks ago and again in St. Louis. While the Palin curse left the Flyers winless to start the season, it took out Blues goalie Manny Legace. Legace tripped over the carpet and hurt his hip flexor.

  • The owners of the Tampa Bay Lightning have interests in a Canadian Resort and Hollywood movies. The move SAW IV is being heavily promoted during Lightning games. Both goalies, Kolzig and Smith, are wearing masks with images from the movie SAW painted on them. Back in the mid-'80s, Grant Fuhr wanted to paint his pads to look like Pepsi cans, but was denied by the NHL. I’m not sure how this differs.
  • During college, our friend Matt would sit behind our bench with a broken hockey stick and heckle the other team during games. Matt, while very creative, has nothing on the people of Sweden.  This has to be the best example of heckling ever. There are some sites that have links to the “video” that inspired the heckling (Deadspin). Poor Jan Huokko, he just wanted to enjoy himself…and share it with everyone he knows.

  • Milan Lucic sent Mikey Van Ryn through the glass in Boston. Great hit, but the Bruins lost.

  • The Carolina Hurricanes continue to struggle. Luckily they play in the “weak” Southeast division and might be able to sneak into the playoffs with a sub-par season. Will changes happen? They have struggled since they won the Cup and Peter Laviolette has been rumored to be on thin ice. Sergei Samsonov, who played great at the end of last season, is struggling, and the goaltending has been spotty.