September 05, 2010
There are two groups that will really enjoy the following clip from Switzerland, featuring young Silvio Schöb scoring a rather unorthodox goal: Those who ascribe to the "by any means necessary" school of hockey scoring, and would allow for creative tallies like this to count; and, of course, soccer fans:
Holy Miroslav Klose, Batman!
Give the guy credit: He worked hard to set-up that goal, even if the finish didn't actually involve his stick. But the clip ends with a cliffhanger, as players from the opposing team appear to swarm the referee for an explanation, as the header appeared intentional. Perhaps they're familiar with the way the NHL would treat such a goal:
78.5 Disallowed Goals - Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee and the appropriate announcement made by the Public Address Announcer for the following reasons:
(i) When the puck has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick.
Color us ignorant of Swiss hockey rules, however. We all know Europeans love soccer more than North Americans; maybe this sort of thing is kosher.
Heck, we're just happy to see a head-shot in hockey didn't result in an opposing player suffering a concussion ...