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I’m taking recent events in the NHL as a sign from God that I’m on the right track. My first hockey novel, On the Surface, features a former Blackhawk who is traded to the San Diego Barracudas because of an incident with a fan involving a water bottle.
Now, keep that in mind as I tell you that this spring, the water bottle has been the weapon of choice for NHL players.
Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks sprayed water into the glove of one of “My Guys”, Jeff Carter.
Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins sprayed the visor of Montreal Canadien PK Subban.
And finally Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers gave Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby a little mid-game shower.
It’s like an epidemic. It’s harmless really. It doesn’t hurt anyone (except wimps, as you’ll see below). It’s just annoying. However, so far the hydro-taunting has been player vs. player. A few days ago, that changed.
Well, that last part isn’t quite accurate. The back cover copy, over which I had only minimal input, says Tim threw the water bottle at a fan. In reality, I never fully describe what Tim Hollander does to the fan with his water bottle.
What are the chances that real life incidents almost completely mirror what I wrote a year ago? Like I said, I take it as a sign from God that my time has come and I’m on the right track. I also bask in the knowledge that what I wrote is utterly believable and possible in the real NHL.
It feels pretty damn good.
The LA fan (yes, he was rooting for LA.
Photo credit: Paul Sakuma, AP