In case of first game in a refurbished arena, break glass.
On Friday, the Niagara IceDogs' Mitchell Fitzmorris and Ottawa 67's Travis Barron (unwittingly) offered a reminder of how much force is generated when two junior hockey players collide. During the second period, Fitzmorris, a gritty veteran forward on the IceDogs, finished his check on Barron after the 67's rookie made a pass at centre ice. The impact of Barron's shoulder striking the plexiglass sprayed shards to parts unknown. Fortunately, Barron was able to complete the game. It also did not appear that any of the rinkside spectators in the crowd of 4,713 at TD Place, which was hosting its first OHL game in 29 months, needed medical attention.
Perfectly clean check, too. Talk about a job well-done by Fitzmorris, a 19-year-old winger from Ingersoll, Ont., who does a lot of grunt work for Niagara and doesn't get much glory, having scored only 11 goals in three-plus seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.
Of all the things toRead More »from Niagara IceDogs' Mitchell Fitzmorris checks Ottawa 67's Travis Barron through the glass (VIDEO)