Jaro Halak prefers movies about boats to actually being on one


The St. Louis Blues are in the midst of a rare seven-day break in their schedule, having last played on Friday (a 4-3 shootout loss in Winnipeg) and not hitting the ice again until this Friday (a home date against Vancouver).

For goalie Jaroslav Halak, the week off has allowed him to experience the highs and lows of nautical adventure.

Over the weekend, the Blues had a team getaway to South Carolina for some deep-sea fishing, one that didn’t exactly vibe with the contents of Halak’s stomach.

From the Post-Dispatch:

On the other boat, goalie Jaroslav Halak had a tough time keeping his breakfast inside of him.

That boat also had quiet defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, so the other two players, Roman Polak and Vladimir Sobotka, didn’t have quite the same atmosphere as Backes’ boat did.

Bouwmeester might be the NHL’s version of Ron Swanson. Bet he would’ve gotten angry if Halak wasted a perfectly good breakfast.

Anyway, things got better for Halak on the boating tip when he and defenseman Jordan Leopold saw the new Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips,” the story of Somali pirates hijacking the Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean in 2009.

The Blues teammates gave the movie two thumbs-up, though Leopold’s ranking is a bit skewed because it sounds like he was mostly happy about getting out of the house.

“It was good,” Leopold said. “I can’t tell you the last time I saw a movie. I’ve got kids.”