Bridgeport Sound Tigers goalie David Leggio was a very popular man this week after word of his quick decision to knock the net off of its moorings to break up a 2-on-0 spread around the hockey world.
The video of the sequence, uploaded by Lighthouse Hockey community member EvaanM, has over a million views and the affable Leggio made appearances over the last few days on popular outlets such as the Marek vs Wyshynski podcast and Sportsnet's Hockey Central. His evasive action was analyzed, celebrated, lambasted, defended and enjoyed.
Well, the American Hockey League has had just about enough of that nonsense, young man.
As reported on Twitter today by TSN NHL insider Darren Dreger, the AHL has amended its rules to assess a game misconduct to any goalie who purposely dislodges the net during play. But wait there's more:
AHL rule change. Gm Misconduct to offending goalie, penalty shot can be taken by anyone on ice, and replacement goalie faces the shot.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 6, 2014
Obviously, this AHL rule amendment comes in reaction to Leggio pushing net off last wknd to avoid 2 on 0. #tsn— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 6, 2014
Adding details to the AHL rule amendment. The captain of the non-offending team will select the player who takes penalty shot...— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 6, 2014
So, that's that then. Knock the net off to get a whistle and a penalty shot and you'll be tossed from the game while your back-up comes in and faces a shooter of the other team's choosing. Face down two members of the opposition without any defensemen to help and you'll need to use some other tricks to keep the puck out of the net.
We still salute David Leggio and his awesome, hilarious, quick-thinking troll move. It will forever live in our memories.