Video: USHL player’s shot hits post, puck splits in half

The word “unique” gets thrown around a lot these days, to the point that it is losing its meaning. After all, dictionary.reference.com provides this as its first definition: “existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics.”

You need to roll all the way down to the first half of the sixth definition provided to arrive at the word’s most common use: something or someone unusual. It seems like anyone with a penchant for bad poetry or the “daring” to drive a hybrid car can earn unique status at this point.

Well, let us say that the clip below provides something truly deserving of the word unique. Besides, you know it’s a pretty special clip when we’re posting something from the USHL.

Andrew Prochno of the Sioux Falls Stampede (great team name, no surprise) launched a shot that hit the post, leading to something happening I’ve never seen before: the puck split in half. It’s truly is something unique, in just about every sense of the word. (Puck Daddy has a little more on the odd moment.)

(Screen capture via NHL.com.)

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told NJ.com. “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.