OK, here we go. Favorite stories from sitting in the stands from over the years. Let 'er rip.
I know some will say the fights, some will say the championships won, but I guess the best story for me is when 1-0 Joe came in to replace Pokey, got an assist on a Chaulk goal, and then won the shootout. #1 in my book, #2 is the 93 playoff season where the K's went 12-0 to win the Turner Cup that was amazing to watch. #3, yes this is a fight, is the only bench clearing brawl I ever witness live. I believe it took place in '82 during a playoff game with Kalamazoo. Actually it was at the end of the game. Boris Fistric attacked Dale Baldwin and all hell broke lose. Dan Sanscatiers(sp) were thrown into the stands and both papers asked the next day for fans to return them because there was still a game to play. The K's won 5-2 I think and my dad and I were there til 1:00am. Fun night.
Can we have a translation about the things thrown into the stands?
Sorry, His goalie equipment were thrown into the stands.
Mine not be as memorable or famous as Greg's. But just one of my favorite moments was at Rockford. It was my first time being there and the Komets were kicking their butt (6-0). At the very end of the game, our group of Komet fans began chanting, "FRENCHY, FRENCHY, FRENCHY!" and he began bobbing his head to the rythmn. It was just neat to see him doing that, made the trip even better.
How about this story, My wife and I were in Toronto for our honeymoon and I managed to get tickets for a Leafs game. I'm not even going to tell you how much that set me back. But I digress, anyway they were playing the Panthers and they crowd was mighty testy that night. THe Leafs ended up losing 3-1 and at one piont the PA guy said "...Come on fans , Shows the Leafs what you think about them..." or something to that effect. Just then a fan tossed his crutch on the ice in the direction of goaltender Glenn Healy. Brian Engblom made mention of that during the playoffs when he was working for ESPN later that year. My wife and I were excited because we could say we were at that game.
That was a pretty cool trip, Ashley. It was bad enough for Rockford fans that we were shelling them in their own house, but the "Frenchy bob" was just icing on the cake.
Greg if you paid less than $150 per ticket I would be surprised assuming they were unobstructed seats.
The last game I went to cost me more than a pair of Komets season tickets.
Ah the days of Glenn Healy in the nets for the Leafs. Oh well, at least it wasn't Bester or Ing.
Careful there Tony. I have an Ing Komets jersey.
I don't know that this was my favorite, but it was memorable. The 1980-81 season. Bob Janasack(sp) was in goal. He got mad over something and went to heave his stick. He threw it so hard that it went over the glass to a couple rows behind us, and nailed a lady in the head. There was lots of blood. Needless to say, Bob visited the lady in the hospital and apologized. He always did have a crummy temper.
Lol. I am sorry but I gave up on Ing the night Mike Bullard shot from centre ice and he let the puck roll up his shoulder, over his back and into the net.
Sigh, lets see if I can do this the way other can.....
BRING BACK MIKE PALMATEER!!!!!!!!!!!!
The sad thing for me is that I've had the ability to see Curtis Joseph play in goal live three times and not once has he been in net. First time was when he was holding out from St. Louis and playing in Vegas, i went out to see the Komets play there and of course who was in goal for the Thunder, Pokey Reddick. The second time was the afore mentioned honeymoon trip when Healy was in net. The last time was when Joseph was playing for Detroit yet they had Hasek, Legace and Joseph, I saw the Wings and the Penguins in Pittsburgh and Hasek was in net, if I'm not mistaken, Joseph was in Grand Rapids at the time or hurt.
Boris Fistric with his "Bobby Orr-like rushes" according to a Kalamazoo announcer.
The only thing Boris had in common with Bobby was they both wore 4. What a pathetic excuse for a hockey player (Boris, not Bobby).
That Komets-Kalamazoo brawl happened in the 81-82 playoffs. We had just gotten Sanscartier a while before the playoffs and he started in place of Jim Park (I'll always remember him for blowing snot out of his nose in front of the Komets bench during warm-ups). Sanscartier lost his catching glove when it was thrown in the crowd. Coincidentally, he tried to get a replacement from Mike Palmateer.
Sometime during that season (maybe that game?), Fistric tried to take Rob Motz' head off after Motz scored a goal, which triggered another fight. Like I said before, what a pathetic excuse for a hockey player (Boris, not Rob).
I saw several bench-clearing brawls - two in 77-78 with the Owls - first when they in Dayton and later when they moved to Grand Rapids. The first one, at least seven players were tossed. The second happened at the end of the game involving Rick Dorman (another pathetic excuse for a hockey player and Robbie Irons. I'll never forget Irons coming out of the net and wailing on Dorman with his blocker, then taking his mask off and wailing some more.
My favorite moment had to be this past season watching Enema Man skate on MC ice and then try to insert himself into Icy....classic!!!!
LMAO That was a great moment with Enema Man and Icy. Good stuff!!! I was having so much fun with parents around us trying to explain who Enema Man was, and why we got the stuffed men.
Not that this is in the stands material, but did anybody catch San Diego ceasing operations in the ECHL?
I am sure Enema Man has stuffed lots of men....is that what you meant ILH? LOL
Here are some favorite Komet moments in no particular order:
1. Komets sweeping the playoffs in 92-93.
2. Steve Fletcher scoring a shootout goal in like the 10th round of a shootout to win a regular season game.
3. Watching Andy Bezeau and Kevin Kaminski create havoc all over the ice.
4. Going to Quad City to watch game 4 of the Colonial cup Finals in 02-03 and watch the Komets dominate the Mallards 7-0.
5. Watching the miracle Komet vagabound team in 90-91 take Peoria to 6 games in the Turner Cup Finals.
6. Remembering when the "Jungle" really was the "Jungle"