If you were around sports Twitter at all on Wednesday night, you might have noticed strange tweets with bizarre words being tossed around freely. Words like “Auston” and “Edmonton” and “Ottawa.” That’s because Wednesday was Opening Day for the 2016-17 NHL season, and hockpuck is already in full swing.
But something far more magical was happening over in the OHL, part of the Canadian Hockey League. There, during an absolute rout of the Guelph Storm by the hometown Mississauga Steelheads, a local hero took it open himself to clamber over the plexiglass boards at rinkside and awkwardly shuffle out to center ice.
Perhaps he wanted to help out the Storm, who were behind 7-2 at that point, but were in the midst of a two-man advantage, so at best he would have gotten Guelph slapped with a penalty for too many men on the ice. More likely, though, he wanted to goofily stumble around in his fleece pullover while yelling “WOOOOO.” We’ve all been there.
Many kudos to this man for the rare ice-storming. Even more points for having to climb a damned sheer glass wall to do it. And extra super points for keeping his balance on that ice. That’s the sign of a true Canadian, right there. Welcome back, hockey. Let’s hope this is a good omen for a hilariously weird season.