Part of what makes backyard and pond hockey so much fun is the ability to try crazy things without fear. I can’t tell you how many times I landed flat on my back after I “invented” a breakaway move where I stand on the puck on one skate (note: when it works, it’s nastiness; when it doesn’t, it hurts). But that’s the fun of freelance puck: doing stuff you could never pull off in a real game.
Then there are guys like Kaspars Daugavins, who have such an insane level of skill and confidence that they bring these ridiculous moves from theÂ safety of the practice rink to the professional stage. Daugavins, a winger for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators and a 2006 Ottawa draft pick, used the move in a shootout, and was the only Senator to bury a shootout tally during a 4-3 shootoutÂ loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday night.
I’ll never be a huge fan of the shootout as a way to decide wins or losses, but with guys willing to try out moves like this, they certainly have some value in the game for sheer entertainment. Take a look below, then give it a shot on your rink this winter.
Bonus points for the rodeo-inspired celebration at the end!
Thanks to Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, we now have a new camera angle. Half the camera shakiness, but now with twice the white balance! (Same amount of nastiness).