Monday, October 31, 2011

The Exorcist . . . WHL style!

An anonymous exorcist performs a ceremony at centre ice
in the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge on Monday after rubbing down
a hockey stick with some of the tools of the trade.

(Photos from Lethbridge Hurricanes' Facebook page)
Who knew that the WHL allowed exorcisms?
Well, that’s exactly what took place at the arena in Lethbridge on Monday, which just happened to be Halloween.
And, hey, why not? After all, the Hurricanes have lost 13 straight games.
“This being Halloween, and the team mired in an unlucky 13-game winless streak,” the Hurricanes explained on their Facebook page, “a local Hurricanes fan requested permission to ‘exorcize’ whatever mystical or unworldly elements that may be holding back the Canes from posting a much-needed victory.”
The fan asked to remain anonymous — gee, I wonder why? — and received permission to perform “a centre-ice ritual that is meant to . . . ward off unwanted metaphysical influences.”
“The players are working very hard every day,” said Jim Bradley, the team’s business manager, “and the bounces seemingly are not going our way. If in some small way we can influence the outcome of the upcoming games, we owe it to the season-ticket holders, fans and sponsors. They have all been very supportive of the team in this tough October stretch, and we owe it to them to leave no stone unturned.”
And so it was that the exorcism was performed at centre ice. According to the team’s Facebook page, “The ceremony included ancient spiritual gestures, ritualistic chants followed by a sacrifice at centre ice and then a quick lunch.”
So . . . who is next up for the Hurricanes?
As luck would have it, they are at home Wednesday night to the Everett Silvertips.
Linda Blair (aka Regan) could not be reached for comment, so we went to Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports to see what he thought.
“Hey, it can't hurt,” he wrote over at Buzzing The Net. “And what else would you expect from a team with a goalie who is named Damien?”
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