April 28, 2008
Drew Hoff seems like a nice enough kid. Nicknamed the "Hoffer." Two dogs named Zoey and Luci. Loves South Park, Red Lobster, building tree forts and thinks he resembles Dane Cook. (Really? I see Jason Segel with old school Timberlake ‘fro.)
So it's with a heavy heart that we report that the Tri-City Americans center was on the receiving end of one of the most brutal hits we've seen on any level of postseason hockey this year, courtesy of Spokane's awesomely named Judd Blackwater in the WHL playoffs:
Spokane currently has a 3-2 lead in this series, as Blackwater actually ended up scoring a double-OT, game-winning goal later in the contest. The Tri-City Americans blog I Mean, We Got Guys believes Blackwater shouldn't have been in the game during that overtime after his "intent to injure" Hoff on the hit:
Judd Blackwater. His hit on Drew Hoff was brutal. It was textbook charging. Took several strides across the ice then left his feet and plowed into Drew with his elbows leading the way. There was no penalty on the play. Drew did not return. IMO, the turning point in the game.