man down

Crawlspace: You’ve made the team, finally, they’ve handed you your uniform, now they want to take the photograph that shows — and will go on showing — that you’re an NHLer. Your call: do you lean in your stick in a classic tripod pose, or maybe skate full-bore towards the camera, showering snow? Or — no. Maybe what you do is you get don on the ice and make like a happy crab. Why not? I truly don’t know what was on Red Conn’s mind when he posed here. He wasn’t a New York American for long, just two seasons, starting in 1933. He scored a few goals in that time — nine — and took a few penalties. I guess this could be his hook-check he’s showing off — though ideally, as a hook-checker, you only want to go down on a knee, so you can get up quickly and get going once you’ve hooked the puck. Unless the puck has slipped under the refrigerator — in that case, this is exactly as low as you’d want to go.