A Fog Story
The scene was almost unbelievable. The fog was beginning to form on the ice
at the Buffalo Auditorium for the second straight game as the Sabres and
Philadelphia Flyers met in the fourth game of the final round of the 1975
Stanley Cup playoffs.
players were lining up for a face-off in the Philadelphia zone to the left
of Flyer goalie Bernie Parent when a black object, a bat, floated down from
the rafters and hovered over the circle.
The only thing that was missing from the picture was Bela Lugosi refereeing
in a striped cape. While others backed off from the eerie spectacle, Buffalo
center Jimmy Lorentz casually slapped the bat out of the air with his hockey
stick at shoulder height.
There was a slight pause as Flyer center Rick MacLeish declined to pick up
the battered bat but Lorentz wasn't fazed. He picked it up, skated over to
the timer's bench, dumped his quarry and returned to finish a 4-2 Sabre
victory that tied the series at 2-2.
From that day on, Lorentz was, not too surprisingly, known as "Batman".
(This story is a direct quote from azhockey.com)
Dave Hanson, one of the brawling Hanson brothers in the classic 'Slap Shot',
was trying to make his mark for the Birmingham Bulls in the WHA when he
battled Chicago great Bobby Hull in Winnipeg.
"In the middle of the melee we both stopped," Hanson said. "All the
screaming stopped, and I look up, and Bobby doesn't look the same as when we
started. I look at my hand, and I had just pulled off his toupee..."
"I was a bit shocked. I threw it on the ice."
Bobby Hull left the ice and later returned with a helmet on.
Dave Hansonís son, Christian, played hockey for the Storm for the 2003-04
and 2004-05 seasons.
Christian Hanson went on to play for Notre Dame after leaving the Storm.
After finishing his last season at Notre Dame in 2009, he signed a free
agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He spent two seasons with their farm team, the Toronto Marlies. During that
time he was called up to play 6 times for the Maple Leafs in which he had 3
goals and 6 assists. Christian signed a one year contract with the
Washington Capitals in the summer of 2011. The next three seasons, 2011-14,
were spent in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, Providence Bruins, and Chicago
Wolves. In January 2015 he went to Norway to play.