Russian hockey player Vladimir Tkachyov of the KHL’s Ak Bars Kazan attempted a shot on goal during a recent skills competition that is likely something that has never been done or seen before. Until now at least.
Shootouts in hockey have always provided its fans with some of the game’s most exciting goals, especially since the NHL made them a mandatory way to avoid a tie between two teams back in the 2005-06 season. But some of the best shootout goals have come from outside of the world’s top hockey league.
Most recently the goal by Tkachyov, who’s still grinning from ear to ear about what he did. Hopefully his smile looks a little better than these guys:
I'm starting to see a trend with some of the recent guys on the list, and it's that they have absolutely no skills at all, and are just big dumb jack asses looking to start fights on the ice. Oh yeah, and they're missing all of their teeth. Stortini is no different from the other idiots of his kind on the list. (Source: Twitter)
Bobby Hull was one of the best players in NHL history, with some of the worst teeth to go along with it. No matter how many achievements the hall of famer had throughout his career, he just couldn't keep his teeth in his mouth. (Source: Twitter)
Dustin Brown was the captain during the Los Angeles Kings two Stanley Cup Championship teams in 2012 and 2014. He's no longer the captain, partially because that he kinda sucks, but also because they realized they can't have a guy with no teeth as their captain anymore. Okay I made that last part up, but I wouldn't blame the Kings if that was their reason for taking away the "C" on his sweater. (Source: Twitter)
The lone goalie on our list is none other than USA-born Ben Bishop. He's the only goalie on our list because I have no idea how he got his teeth knocked out; goalies wear masks that cover up their entire faces. Regardless, toothless Ben cracks our list. (Source: Twitter)
Last but certainly not least, old man Kenny Daneyko. Now unlike some of the guys on this list, Daneyko was actually a pretty solid player who spent his entire with the New Jersey Devils. During that time, he helped them win three Stanley Cups, racked up a ton of penalty minutes, got his jersey retired by the team, and lost all of his teeth. Not a bad career I must say. (Source: Twitter)
The forward and his teammates recently participated in event for the public that was meant to showcase the talent on this season’s roster. A number of players took part in a few skills competitions including a shootout contest.
Then this absolute amazingness of a goal happened.
While the goal certainly would not be legal in an actual, meaningful game (a puck cannot thrown into the net to score a goal), it certainly brought the wow factor to the ice. If the team ends up not doing so well record wise year, they should be able to at least provide some entertainment for their fans.
It would be great to know what the goalie thought when he saw what Tkachyov was doing. Perhaps something along the lines of, “wait, what is he doing? He’s not going to throw the stick. Oh no, he actually did throw it!”
Maybe not exactly in those words (also in Russian probably), but similar thoughts likely ran through the goaltender’s head when he saw Tkachyov skating toward him as if he was about to throw a javelin.
Greatest hockey goal ever? It is up there as far as the innovation, but when it comes down to pure skill there is not much that can be better than this one.