Avangard head coach Bob Hartley spoke about the strangest match of his career before the meeting with Ak Bars in Dubai (UAE).
«During our tenure as AHL coaches, Jacques Cloutier and I were involved in the oddest incident I can recall.» My squad was the Cornwell Aces, and we played the Greensboro Monarchs. They sent out a well-known NASCAR driver whose name I can’t recall right now. After the first period, he drove his car to the ice. The stadium had been sparsely populated in prior games, but it was packed with about 18 thousand fans on that specific day.
The automobile then goes to the heart of the city, where people are delighted and encourage the rider to exit. He agrees and goes around the ice rink for a few minutes, greeting the fans, before returning to his car, waving to the stands, and driving away. Because the engine was so hot and so close to the ice, a massive puddle formed beneath the automobile.
The damage was so serious that the game had to be called off since it occurred directly in the middle of the rink. For a 20-minute game, we had to travel 10-12 hours via bus. It was just incredible! «The match has been postponed,» Hartley writes on the official website of Omsk residents.
On December 3rd, Avangard and Ak Bars will compete in the KHL World Games in Dubai.