It's been a while since we've had one of those lacrosse-style goals from in back of the net, like Sidney Crosby's(notes) pre-NHL highlight calling card and Mike Legg's brilliant tally for the University of Michigan in the 1996 NCAA Regionals. Please welcome Aaron Fox to the cruelty to goalies club with this behind-the-net goal for KHL Zagreb Medvescak in a game played in Croatia last Friday.
Yowch. Two things to absolutely love about this clip. First is the way the Sapa Fehérvár AV19 defenseman and goalie both frantically realize where Fox is taking the puck, but can't do anything to stop it. But more importantly, it's Fox's reaction -- that smug, grinning "how you like me now, suckas?" celebration followed by a flap of the arms to the crowd. Some goals require a leap into the glass or pretending that your stick is melting the ice; others simply need a moment of self-satisfied contentment.
Aaron Fox is a 33-year-old hockey vagabond from Hastings, Minn., who has kicked around Europe since his last ECHL season with the Richmond Renegades (R.I.P.) in 2002. You may also remember him from his time at Minnesota State University (1997-2000) and his appearance in this Zagreb Medvescak PSA asking fans to stop beating the hell out of each other in the stands. And really, there's no better reinforcement of that message than a little Bon Jovi in the background.
His goal is great, but Legg's tally for the Wolverines is probably still the gold standard. Heck, some call this scoop shot the "Mike Legg." If that's not an endorsement of greatness, what is?