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Thursday, February 21, 2019


Flyers help soldier surprise his family (Video)

Flyers-military-surpriseWhen the parents of Army Pfc. Matthew Windish joined the Philadelphia Flyers for a special ceremony on Thursday night, they were led to believe that the team would be honoring their son. Little did they know, Matt was in the building.

Matt’s parents Joann and Mark stood with his brother Chris in front of a very large box that the Flyers were presenting to them as a gift. When the wrapping paper came off, they were surprised by a real life GI Joe.

“I was surprised,” Joann said, via DelawareOnline.com. “First I thought he was coming home, but then I didn’t think he was going to. I just thought it was going to be a video, but when they opened up that box and I saw his face … we have missed him so much this past year. It was an awesome surprise.”

Matt was not due home from his tour in Korea until Dec. 20. It was his brother Chris who thought up the idea of a surprise return when he was watching YouTube clips of military homecomings. Chris set everything up so that Matt flew home a week early, and they kept him hidden from his parents for an entire week to keep the surprise intact.

“It was amazing,” Matt said. “My heart started beating so fast I really had no clue what was going on. I went blank for a little bit. This is probably one of the best things in the whole entire world. This is insanely awesome. I just wish that everyone could get to experience this. I feel very grateful right now.”

Military homecomings at sporting events never get old, and we have seen plenty of them. Kudos to the Flyers for keeping the tradition alive.

Sedin twins wear matching sweaters in Canucks’ ugly Christmas sweater picture


Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are twins. They both play for the Vancouver Canucks. It’s really, really cute, and the Sedin brothers took things to an entirely new level recently when they posed with some teammates while wearing matching ugly Christmas sweaters.

As you can see from the photo above that Bure’s Triple Deke shared on Twitter, some of the Canucks players had some fun rocking horrible Christmas sweaters earlier this week. The Sedins stole the show by wearing identical sweaters with frilly collars and everything. And there was also this from Roberto Luongo, who got pretty comfortable with Ryan Kessler during the photo shoot.


Panthers have to block fans’ view after replacing broken glass


The Florida Panthers have not been able to find ways to get fans to come to their games this season. They average a little less than 14,000 fans per home game, which is the fourth fewest in the NHL. Florida’s 10-17-5 record has a lot to do with their poor attendance. Their inability to replace a broken pane of glass doesn’t help.

On Tuesday night, Panthers center Nick Bjugstad fired a shot that missed the net and broke the glass behind it. Having to replace a sheet of glass during an NHL game is a relatively standard procedure, but the Panthers found a way to screw it up. They couldn’t manage to get the protective paper off of the new glass, so it had to stay there for the remainder of the game.

If you actually paid to sit in premium seats at a Panthers game, you kind of deserve this. The good news is I’m sure there were plenty of available seats in the house for people to occupy if their view was blocked by this embarrassment.

H/T SI Hot Clicks
Photo via Eye on Hockey

Hockey player Sebastian Courcelles shows off horrific scar after taking skate to face


There are very few injuries in sports that are more terrifying than those involving the blade of a hockey skate. In a recent Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey (LNAH) game in Quebec, a player named Sebastian Courcelles took a skate to the face that left him with with a gash that is not for the squeamish. Courcelles’ face looked like it was straight out of a horror movie, and one of his teammates nearly passed out when seeing the wound.

Below you will see an uncensored version of the gash. If you have a weak stomach, you’ve been warned. This is really, really bad:


Loui Eriksson dekes between his legs for great goal (Video)

Loui ErikssonLoui Eriksson kicked off a 4-3 overtime win for the Boston Bruins over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night with a sweet goal where he went between his legs on a deke.

About seven minutes into the first period, Eriksson took a pass from Carl Soderberg and went through his legs. He then beat Marc-Andre Fleury five-hole for the goal to put the B’s up 1-0. Eriksson assisted on two other Bruins goals, and Soderberg picked up another assist as well.

Boston continues to lead the Eastern Conference with 34 points, while Pittsburgh is tied with Tampa Bay for second at 31 points.

Steven Stamkos suffers nasty-looking leg injury, gets stretchered off ice (GIF)

Steven-Stamkos-leg-injuryTampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos suffered a leg injury during the second period of a game against the Boston Bruins on Monday that looked like it could be serious. Stamkos collided with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton in front of his own net and went sliding into the goal. His right leg slammed against the post and his shin appeared to bend a way it is not supposed to bend.

Actually, shins aren’t supposed to bend at all. That’s why the injury looked so brutal. Stamkos tried to get up and skate after suffering the injury but couldn’t put any weight on his leg. He had to be lifted onto a stretcher and taken off the ice. The 23-year-old was taken to a hospital for X-rays.

Stamkos had 14 goals through 16 games for the Lightning this season and has been their best offensive player for several seasons. We have seen him take a puck to the face before and return to the game, so you know the former first overall pick is not soft by any means. If he misses a significant amount of time, it could become a serious challenge for Tampa Bay to remain in first place.

GIF via Pete Blackburn

Chris Neil pours blood after taking puck to the face (GIF)

Chris-Neil-bleedingOttawa Senators forward Chris Neil took a puck to the face in the third period of a win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Teammate Erik Karlsson went to flip the puck into the attacking zone and it caught Neil near the right eye, leaving a gash that went from above his eyebrow to the bottom of his nostril. There was a lot of blood.

In typical hockey player fashion, Neil missed only a shift and returned after getting stitched up. His new nickname could easily be “Scarface” once the wound heals.

We thought watching players pull out their own teeth was tough, but that made me cringe. I’d probably pass out if I saw that much blood pouring from my face.

GIF via Bonk’s Mullet