March 06, 2013
The movie Pineapple Express had a scene where actor James Franco's character got his foot stuck after trying to kick the windshield out of the stolen police car he was driving. On Sunday, that was practically reenacted during a British Columbia Hockey League game.
Credit where credit is due, eh? While Alberni Valley Bulldogs centre Teal Burns was the one whose foot went through the glass, it happened after he was sent skate-over-teakettle by a solid bodycheck from Nanaimo Clippers' defenceman Josh Bryan. It's in the same vein as the immortal Gordie Howe once said he never broke his nose playing hockey, but 11 guys did it for him.
The cleanup and repairs took more than 30 minutes. Burns, a 20-year-old overage from Victoria, B.C., skated away uninjured and finished the game. Bulldogs broadcaster Evan Hammond noted in his game wrap-up that Nanaimo had been controlling play during the period of the game and the delay seemed to take away their momentum. Some hockey karma was apparently portioned out for the big glass-breaking body check, since Bryan and the Clippers won 6-3 to wrap up second place in their division with a week to spare before the end of the regular season.
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