It was one of the highlights of the season for the San Jose Sharks: Tomas Hertl streaking down the left wing, driving in on net on New York Rangers’ goaltender Martin Biron, and scoring a beautiful goal from between his legs, roofing it top shelf. It was Hertl’s fourth goal of the game, and NHL fans everywhere were awed by the Sharks’ rookie sensation.
Now, there’s more to that story, with Biron himself being a good sport by actually giving Hertl his goalie stick that he used in that game, and signing it as well (h/t CBSSports.com)
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While that goal might propel Hertl into future NHL stardom, it was literally the end of the road for Biron. The Rangers’ goalie was waived a couple days afterwards after playing in just two games the entire season. It isn’t like he had an obscure career, though, as Biron won 230 games with four teams during his 16-year tenure in the league.
But if Tomas Hertl winds up blossoming into the next Sidney Crosby, he can thank Biron for letting in that goal.