Defenseman Mitchell Skiba plays for the Tier III Alpena Flyers of the Midwest League, although we imagine he’ll be best known for years to come as the dude who nearly decapitated himself with his own hockey stick.
In a game against the MC Monarchs last weekend, Skiba was given a game misconduct for spearing. This did not please him. So like any dejected ejected player, Skiba took his stick and smacked it against the glass on the way to the dressing room.
Alas, the knob of his stick was wedged in the other side of the door, so his stick was jammed horizontally at a perfect height for Skiba to run into it, quite hilariously, neck first.
That clip went viral is somewhat ironic, given that Skiba had another clip that might have done the same earlier in the game on this gorgeous open-ice check:
Ah, but we’ve seen tilt-a-whirl hits before. A player clotheslining himself with his own stick? That’s a unicorn of a highlight, friends.
How did Skiba handle this sudden infamy? By re-tweeting congratulations from friends:
@skiber22 at least you're being a good sport about it. Your hit before the ejection equals out the clothesline haha.
— Ben Gould (@bgould_9) January 13, 2015
Hey, good to see he’s got a sense of humor about it. Instant viral video fame can sometimes be a pain in the neck.