It’s still the offseason here, but in Europe, hockey is well underway. Take the Champions Hockey League, for example, where many of the best teams across multiple nations play an extra-curricular tournament for all the bragging rights.
In previous years, Europe’s ‘CHL’ has been a league of bragging rights for Leafs fans, mostly because Andreas Johnson absolutely destroyed it with 25 points in 10 games in 2014/15. This year, though? TLN’s 14th-ranked prospect Carl Grundstrom had a less than stellar start to his tournament.
Frolunda were taking on EHC Wolfsburg of the DEL (Germany’s top league) this afternoon and rallied back from a 1-0 deficit to score two goals in the third. While Grundstrom wasn’t the one to bury either (those honours went to Casey Wellman and Victor Olofsson), he did have a chance at the empty netter.
The result… not so pretty.
It gives you flashbacks to Patrick Stefan’s infamous mistake with the Dallas Stars a few years back; this should’ve been a no-brainer empty net goal. Thankfully, though, there was no equalizer to double dip into the embarrassment; the game ended at 2-1 in Frolunda’s favour.
Fingers crossed that Grundstrom never repeats this in North America.
Source for cropped gif via /r/hockey