At the confluence of hockey, beer and these calls of nature is one of the great achievements of modern plumbing, the urinal. After all, the deodorizing blocks found in these marvelous contraptions are frequently referred to as urinal pucks (and that's taken a bit more literal in some places than others), and it's doubtful that this first definition of the term "hockey puck" (link potentially NSFW, depending upon where you work) occurs in the absence of copious amounts of suds.
Forgetting the cold ones for a moment, hockey and urinals have a rich shared tradition. For example, did you know that Walter Brown Arena, the former home of the Boston University Terriers, was affectionately referred to in some circles as "The Urinal?" Then there's this fantastic story, as recounted at INCH:
[Jeff] Sauer is the only coach to ever receive a penalty while at a urinal. Between periods. Bill Brophy writes In "Shot and a Goal: A History of Wisconsin Hockey" that The Dean received his unorthodox bench penalty while coaching at CC.For Washington Capitals fans, there are decade-old fond memories of one of the ads out of the "Always Intense" campaign in which former Caps' bench boss Ron Wilson calls for a line change in the men's room, swapping out five fellas at the urinals for a fresh quintet.
"We were at Michigan,'' Sauer recalls in the book, "and there was an altercation after the period. I thought a Michigan guy started it and we had (Michigan coach Dan) Farrell and I separating 40 guys. So we get back to the locker room and I talk to my team and then head for the bathroom. Now at the old Yost Arena, there was a vent over the bathroom in our locker room and I could hear the officials in the next locker room saying I was right, that a Michigan guy started the fight. So I banged on the wall and yelled through the wall, 'if you see the bleeping penalty, call it.' So I go out on the ice and find out I got a two-minute bench penalty while in the men's room."
But hockey fans' love affair with the urinal reached its pinnacle one year ago tonight at the Verizon Center. With the hated Penguins in town for a nationally-televised matchup between the reigning Rookie of the Year and the season's eventual scoring champ, gentlemen attending the game were presented with a very special opportunity. As the artiste himself described it:
As of about three years ago I began paying tribute to the Penguins by offering fans of both teams the ability to urinate on a "star". This year happened to be Sid with a small caption to entice those willing participants to aim more precisely.Do yourself a favor - read the entire story and ask yourself if you can imagine a better hockey urinal story (and if you can, I sure as hell don't want to hear about it).
I successfully placed these little pee-pics [pictured] in all the urinals at Verizon Center this past Monday night.
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