When a player gets called up from hockey’s minor leagues, the NHL life automatically exceeds anything previously experienced – right?
Typically, that’d be the case, no question. But not so fast with Coyotes rookie defenseman Brandon Gormley, who was promoted from the Portland Pirates on Wednesday.
“Yeah, it was pretty wild,” Gormley said after practice at Jobing.com Arena.
See, earlier this week, the 2010 first round pick played in a very memorable game. Of course, that’s one way to put it. Another way would be to say that it was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.
“We played that team back-to-back,” Gormley explained. “Obviously, emotions run high in those games.”
With less than a minute to go, an epic hockey brawl broke out that involved every player on the ice, not to mention a goalie coming back off the bench after being pulled for an extra attacker.
299 penalty minutes were assessed. 10 fighting majors were handed out. At one point, the announcer shouted: “All hell’s broken loose!”
“They took a shot at one of our guys and guys took exception to it, one thing led to another,” Gormley recounted.
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"Everyone is pushing to get here (NHL) and emotions do run high,” Gormley added. “You don't want to see that stuff happen and it doesn't happen too often.”
“I’m proud of the way the guys stuck together out there and battled hard right to the end.”