What's Buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Red Wings rookies go curling in flip-flops to build camaraderie

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View gallery


Remember summer camp?

Remember the ways they’d try to get all the campers to buy into how awesome it was to be sleeping away at Camp Idontwannabehere? The campfire sing-alongs and such?

Hockey development camps are the same deal: Trying to get a bunch of strangers to find camaraderie and make some summer memories. And this being hockey, what better way to accomplish this than with the magical whimsy of curling, a.k.a. Canadian bowling?

Here are the Detroit Red Wings’ development camp prospects sliding down the ice and sweeping their rocks in Traverse City:

Yes, that one rookie who bears a striking resemblance to Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is in fact his son Michael Babcock, who apparently inherited the charisma gene from his mother. 

“Most guys haven’t played it, which is kind of shocking,” said Michael Babcock, in the most Canadian thing ever said by a Canadian.

The most striking thing about this curling video is the fact that the rookies are dressed for the Jersey Shore. Sliding down the ice in shorts sounds about as fun as putting your tongue on a flag pole in December. Attempting to slide the rock wearing flip-flops makes them all look about as sturdy and balanced as Scott Hartnell at the end of a 2-minute shift.

Ah, the chemistry building powers of curling can't be denied!

Alas, these players are all too young for the real chemistry building in curling:

View gallery

View Comments (13)
  • N.L. junior hockey player injured in Signal Hill fall

    A Marystown-born junior hockey player received multiple injuries when he fell from a cliff on Signal Hill last weekend. 19-year-old Andrew Picco was the man who fell from Signal Hill early Sunday morning. Firefighters told CBC News that Picco was … More »

    CBC - 4 hours ago
  • SportsFlash - Tuesday June 28, 2016 Evening Edition

    SportsFlash - Tuesday June 28, 2016 Evening Edition

    Yahoo Sports presents a quick recap of the evening's top stories including the No. 1 golfer in the world dropping out of the Olympics, an NFL legend wins a video game lawsuit and the Canucks are fined for tampering. … More »

    Yahoo Sports Videos - 4 hours ago
  • D Kulikov excited to join Sabres

    Dmitry Kulikov was initially excited upon learning the Florida Panthers had acquired and then signed free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle to a long-term contract last week. Little did Kulikov realize that Yandle's addition would lead to him being the … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago
  • Peers recruiting Coyotes' 1st round pick Clayton Keller to BU, OHL

    Peers recruiting Coyotes' 1st round pick Clayton Keller to BU, OHL

    For Clayton Keller, being drafted in the NHL was the easy part. The hard part is choosing where he'll continue to develop in the fall. … More »

    Buzzing The Net - 6 hours ago
  • Avalanche place D Stuart on waivers

    A person with direct knowledge of the decision has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Colorado Avalanche have placed veteran defenseman Brad Stuart on waivers with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract. The person spoke … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 hours ago