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Columnist Jan Snyder has offiially begun her new playoff ritual: eat a donut after each Penguins win. All of this donut talk reminded Jan about the solid link between hockey and donuts.

It's Time to have a Donut!


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Jan Snyder
Saturday, April 26th 2008

Pens/ Rangers Game 1

The Pens and Rangers played kind of a messy game, but the Pens ended up with the victory in front of the white-out crowd at Mellon Arena.  Ruutu was pesky, Avery was pesky, but they each scored a goal as well.  Jagr was booed (stop it please!) and the goalies were tested. The game was fun and exciting.

Now the Pens need 11 more wins – one donut out of the dozen down!  If case you didn’t know, we’re beginning a new tradition – to have a donut the morning after every Penguin win.

Donuts have their place in hockey history, you know.  Who can ever forget Wayne’s World and Stan Mikita’s donut shop?  That’s where Wayne and his friends spoke to Officer Koharski (named after the ref?) who was involved in the infamous “Donut Incident of 1992.”

After a playoff game in which he thought his team got a raw deal, New Jersey Devil’s coach Jim Schoenfeld got into a nasty verbal exchange with referee Don Koharski that ended with the question, “Why don’t you have another donut, you fat pig?” Tsk, Tsk, not very nice, Coach. But the playoffs do bring out the passion in everyone, don’t they?

Further proof of the donut’s place in hockey lore: as I was delighted to find out last spring, at GM Place in Vancouver, vendors walk around selling little bags of donuts!   In the immortal words of Yakov Smirnoff, “What a country!”

Of course, Canadians are able to enjoy wonderful Tim Horton’s donuts whenever they want, something we sorely miss in many parts of the good ol’ USA.  But we have their clone in Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Sidney Crosby and many other NHL players played Timbits hockey - that’s right – a league named after the owner of the donut establishment. The timbits sold in the stores are bite-sized donut holes.

Before his foray into donuts, Tim Horton was a hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but in a bit of serendipity, at least for my purposes here, he was traded to – THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS!

After Friday’s game filled with offense and the final 5-4 score, I doubt we’ll see too many donuts on the scoreboard for the rest of the series.  With scorers like Crosby, Malkin, Hossa, Sykora, Drury, Jagr, Gomez, and Shanahan, the goalies will have their hands full keeping pucks out of the net.

Buckle up and get ready for Sunday’s game!


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