The media is becoming more and more involved with the NHL every season. This goes the same for every other major sports league. While it may have been just a small addition to the agenda of organizations in the beginning, it’s now becoming an integral part of each teams schedule. It’s the way they communicate with fans, and its one of the only ways that a team can portray itself within its own discretion (of course, fans use their own as well).
Players and coaches sometimes are not too fond of the media, but they often try to illustrate themselves as professionals, so not to tarnish the reputation of their respectable clubs.
This doesn’t always happen.
With the media hounding all over players and management of the NHL for the past few decades, and more recently with the surges of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, there have been a few moments that stand above the rest. I will go through the funny, and the not-so-funny, of moments relating directly to media and its members both on and off the ice.
John Tortorella’s Great Response to Pierre
During a game between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals, admirable hockey announcer Pierre McGuire decided to ask Rangers head coach John Tortorella a question regarding his teams plan for the game. Tortorella had a typical, well, Tortorella response:
Ryan Miller’s Comment on Milan Lucic
Ryan Miller, as great a goalie as he is, has had his questionable moments with the media throughout his tenure. One that stands out, would be this comment regarding the Lucic hit on the goaltender. (If it happened to me, I may or may not have used the same words).
Sean Avery’s suggestive remark regarding his past girlfriend
How could anyone forget this one? The player, a Dallas Stars player at the time, gathered media on his own to announce his curiosity regarding NHL players who date his ex-girlfriends.
Sean Avery calls Martin Brodeur a ‘fatso’
Not too much commentary needed, after a series where Avery did this to the goaltender during a 5-on-3 power play, he made the following comment after Brodeur decided not to shake the agitator’s hand in the post-series handshakes.
Don Cherry plants one on Nazem Kadri after scoring a hat trick
Don Cherry, Co-Host of Hockey Night in Canada’s Coaches Corner, decided to hilariously kiss Nazem Kadri on the cheek after a terrific performance from the budding star.
John Tortorella vs. Brooksie
Another popular one, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Tortorella, following a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, got a little frustrated with a pesky reporter.
Brandon Prust gives Paul MacLean a nickname
Following Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean’s arguable disrespectful remarks regarding Montreal Canadiens player Brandon Prust, the forward decided to give the coach a colourful nickname.
So, what do you think the craziest NHL media moments are? What did I miss? Let me know in the comment section or tweet me @JLKirlik.