August 16, 2010
Feeling burned about not getting a chance to be poked, prodded and gawked over by hockey scouts with clipboards with your shirt off?
Jared Knight did the next best thing — he put it on the Internet for anyone to gawk over.
Knight was not among the 100-some players invited to the Scouting Combine in Toronto conducted by NHL Central Scouting. In a bid to make sure his NHL draft slot wouldn't be higher than his jersey number — Knight wears No. 97 — he posted a video of his workout, filmed in May at a gym in Michigan under the watch of a rather severe personal trainer.
Since sportswriters are just frustrated film critics, let it be pointed out Knight went for more of minimalist thing.
Knight, listed at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, managed to bench press the standard 225 pounds 18 times. If memory serves, a couple players at the Combine could only do it a handful of times, so 18 reps is pretty good, speaking as someone whose upper-body workouts begin and end with something called "the 12-ounce curl."
And now you know the rest of the story of how Knight shot up the draft board. That, and the part that he had a big sophomore season, scoring 36 goals for London. It's more fun to think the video opened the Bruins' eyes.
Knight has already had bruches with being Internet famous, since he's not unknown within the hockey fight subculture, having shown a willingness to scrap in his first two Ontario Hockey League seasons.
Suffice it to say, Knight might get more attention than just for having the same name as his team.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.