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Somebody’s really gotta fix the door in San Jose

Jan 20, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

Last night, San Jose Sharks forward Jamie McGinn tried to throw a hit on Ottawa’s Chris Phillips…and missed. Whiffing on the check was embarrassing for McGinn, but having his momentum carry him through the Zamboni door?

Yeah, additionally embarrassing.

Under normal circumstances, I’d put the onus on McGinn here. He tried to throw a big hit, failed, and will probably become a YouTube sensation once someone auto-tunes him (or dubs Yakety Sax into the background.)

But…it turns out this wasn’t an isolated event. Watch:

I get that certain quirks give arenas their charm, like the lively end boards at Joe Louis or drunken headbutts at TD Garden. But the “faulty door that flies open on contact” seems more dangerous than advantageous. Someone should probably fix that thing.

Update: Reader Alix says that’s not actually the Zamboni door and that it’s mislabeled in the video. Makes sense, ’cause the door is rather small — I’ve since updated the title and made all the changes because we strive for excellence here at PHT, especially in door identification.

That said, I still think they should fix it.

  1. solador78 - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    The Sharks should have a “Rodney McCray” Night.

  2. xarexerax - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    I’m infinitely amused by the initial assumption of the door’s function, and the implication that Jamie McGinn is roughly the same size as your average Zamboni.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      I initially though it was a double-wide swinging door. But after further analysis, that wouldn’t have worked either because then the door merely would’ve fit two Jamie McGinns instead of one. Clearly, that doesn’t equal a Zamboni…so now I just blame Sportsnet for labeling the video wrong.

      Moral of the story: I am infallible.

  3. killerpgh - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    When the pens were battling the state politicians for a new arena the door the teams used to enter the ice popped open a few times. I alway thought it was a ploy to make the civic arena look bad.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Cut Mike a break!

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