I once wrote that I’d be afraid to run into Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville in a dark alley (thanks to the general intimidation that comes from his magnificent mustache). While my reaction to Quenneville is a mixture of fear and ‘stache-deification, it appears that some Hawks fans treat him more like an unpopular gym teacher.
At least that’s the way it seems from this TMZ Sports story that details Blachawks fans toilet papering his house (I believe kids might also call it “rolling his house” although that sounds uncomfortably close to terminology for, um, something worse). Click on the photo to get a better look.
In the first photo of Quenneville, it’s difficult to tell if he’s slightly irritated or bemused. (His dog looks happy, though.)
My guess is that Quenneville – and really, just about anyone with the slightest connection to the Chicago Blackhawks organization – is in such a state of bliss that a little toilet paper isn’t going to ruin anything. Sure, I imagine the coach will have more fun at the team’s parade and during his day with the Cup, but it’s been a while since the city had a Cup winner. Forgive them if they fail to “act like they’ve been there before.”
Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.
The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.
Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.
The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.
A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.
“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”
This story will be updated when more information is made available.
The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.
According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.
The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.
Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.
The veteran winger started last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.
Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.