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NHL player crashes Lakers practice in full hockey gear, probably wants a roster spot

Feb 7, 2014, 1:38 PM EDT

The L.A. Lakers are in Philadelphia today to take on the Sixers this evening in a basketball game. The Calgary Flames are in town to take on the Flyers in a hockey contest tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.

This convergence led to an amazing moment this afternoon when Flames winger Jiri Hudler took to the Wells Fargo Center court this afternoon while the Lakers were having a shoot around.

By the looks of all of the bricks Hudler was tossing up, he’d probably fit right in on the Lakers’ roster.

So what the heck was Jiri doing in full gear plus sneakers? We asked Flyers’ writer Sarah Baicker, who explains, “when NHL teams arrive in Philly early and the ice isn’t down at the Center, they practice at the rink at UPenn. But it’s a very old and crappy rink. So the players dress in the NHL visitors locker room at the Wells Fargo Center, except for their skates. Then take a bus to and from Penn.”

  1. Marvin Monroe - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    And what happened then…? Well…in Tanks-ville they say
    That Sam Hinkie’s small eyes grew three sizes that day!

  2. Lol - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I’m confused. The locker rooms at Class of ’23 Rink are too crappy for them to change in? What’s so bad about them?

    • Brandon - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      It’s just easier to dress and bus rather than haul all the equipment over for one practice.

      • Marvin Monroe - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Yea, getting the equipment back and forth between the two locations would have been a pain in the ass.

  3. Baicker Alert - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Penn rink is fine. Teams wear full gear including helmet when Sarah Baicker is on the road. You can get a Baicker text alert from the State Police.

  4. Justin - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    What completely unnecessary shot at the Class of 23 rink.

    However I feel stupid for not having known all along that visiting teams practice there. I could’ve had even more fun in that rink during my undergrad years.

    • Bret - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      lol. The rink sucks, saying that everything about it is horrible is just the truth and not a “unnecessary shot”. go cry in a corner because somebody said something ‘bad’ about your rink loser

    • 13 Grad - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Went last year to teach a friend how to skate. Open skate was canceled because of a Penguins practice the day after they played in Philly, so I guess that was pretty cool.

  5. BobbyD - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Class of ’23 rink is not crappy.. it’s old-school and awesome. Great ice too.

  6. Jessie Manak - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Go FLAMES GO… Hudler’s hilarious.

  7. Wildcat - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I play on the ’23 ice frequently, and it’s awful. Playing pond hockey has a better surface. While the facilities are horrendous, it does add some charm to the old building. I can’t believe that NHL teams actually skate on that ice though.


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