We are less than a week into the NHL season and we have already witnessed our first sonk from the legend himelf, Keith Yandle. For those who don’t know, Keith Yandle is the king of sonks in the NHL. You get sonked when Yandle takes the puck behind the net and acts like he is going to rifle a slapshot around the boards, only to casually break the puck out right after.
The best part is, you know Keith yelled “yaaa sonnnnkkkkkk” right after he pulled this off. I don’t think there is a single person in the NHL that I would rather have mic’d up than Keith Yandle. It’d be pure gold game in and game out.
It’s actually kind of crazy people are still falling for this. We have talked about it for almost two years on Spittin’ Chiclets and Yandle has been doing this for even longer. As Biz always says “Check the game notes, bud”.
I hope to keep a sonk tracker this season. How many times can Yandle actually pull this off? Each time seems more and more impressive to me based off the publicity it gets. A tip for anyone forechecking against Keith Yandle, if Keith gets the puck behind the net, there is a 90% chance he is going to fuck with you. Prepare accordingly.