When in a post-season rush, every bounce counts.
So with that in mind, here is a cheery little tidbit from the “Ultimate Buffalo Sabres Factoid Miscellany.” It’s a fine story of the ol’ Aud for this night off from Sabres hockey, or a nice way to wake up on game day with a morning cup-o-joe.
Encil “Porky” Palmer
Porky Palmer, a longtime Sabres trainer (until his retirement in 1995), made a habit of situating himself behind the Zamboni door, near the opposition’s net in the first and third periods.
Whenever a puck would slide around the boards in that area, Palmer nonchalantly gave the door a stiff kick, often sending the puck ricocheting right out into the slot in front of an unsuspecting goalie.
Ex-goalie Greg Millen, for one, was burned that way. (Millen played for Pittsburgh, Hartford, St. Louis, Quebec, Chicago, and Detroit, and is now the “colour” commentator for Leafs games.)
“I remember one night, he did it and the Sabres ended up scoring,” said Millen. “I was so livid, I slammed my stick against the glass right by his ear. They had enough of a home-ice advantage, with the rink being smaller than normal. But that was too much.”
Previous to being the nemesis of netminders at the Aud, Porky played for the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL and the Syracuse Blazers of the EHL in 64-65 and 67-68. His position?
Ah, the good ol’ days. I don’t think we will ever see that kind of mischief under the scrutiny of today’s world of HD television.