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01-18-2013, 04:08 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
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lol hagelin is funny on the ice. "i didnt even know how to take slapshots until college, like my 3rd year and then i saw u take one against us" think he was talking to mcd.
Hehe, sounds like the real Eklund (the old Philly player). I heard a story of how a coach told him after his rookie season that he wouldn't play the next season unless he learned how to elevate the puck when using a slapper. Eklund had a real short stick and always used his wrister, but then they had a contest in which the players competed in from how far away they could hit the plexi glass (IE, I guy with a good slapper can hit the plexi behind the net from his own zone almost, while some struggles to do it from inside the redline even), and everyone noticed that Eklund basically had no clue how to use his slapper. He looked like a 11 y/o trying to learn to shot when he used his slapper. The coach really gave it to him saying stuff like
you're playing in the best league in the world
its embarassing kids x age can do what you can't
and so forth -- you need to learn how to use a slapper.
The next season in camp the coach threw a handful of pucks on the ice but Eklund failed to elevate the puck and sat out a handful of games before he got out of the doghouse.
I am not 100% if its a true story, but looking at hockeydb Keenan was the coach for Philly back then so it doesn't sound all that unlikely...
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