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Report: Yandle goes unrecognized at Phoenix-area Best Buy

May 11, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

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Keith Yandle? More like Don Incognito.

That’s the story out of Phoenix as Fox Sports Arizona caught up with the Coyotes defenseman prior to Sunday’s Game 1 against Los Angeles.

Yandle — a two-time All-Star, Phoenix’s alternate captain, tied for the playoff scoring lead among defensemen — hasn’t exactly found the the fame and notoriety that comes with being four wins away from the Stanley Cup finals.

For example, here’s how Yandle described his Wednesday afternoon.

“I went to Best Buy, Home Depot and Fry’s Grocery Store,” he said. “I was in each of them for probably a half hour to 45 minutes, and I didn’t get recognized once.

“It’s fine for me flying under the radar. It’s nice to be able to do my thing.”

This anecdote embodies Phoenix on the whole: No stars, no huge profiles, no massive egos. Yandle had the highest salary of all the Coyotes this year — $4.75 million — which doesn’t even put him top-5o in the NHL.

(If you’re curious: New York Rangers center Brad Richards was No. 1, with $12 million.)

No Phoenix player was nominated for an NHL Award and none made it to the prestigious EA Sports NHL 13 cover vote finals.

Suits the team just fine, though — especially defenseman Rostislav Klesla.

Klesla finds comfort in going unrecognized, noting there’s been no increase in exposure since the team started its magical playoff run.

“Nobody’s looking at you, nobody cares what you’re wearing, how you talk, who you talk to and what you’re doing,” he explained. “You can life your life, and I like it.”

  1. maalea - May 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    This is why Bryz had trouble adjusting to Phila.

  2. rca26 - May 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I’d suggest a good chunk of NHL players would like for their lives to be that way. You get to be rich, play hockey for a living at the highest level, but still get to live your life.

    That said, Yandle’s a pretty unremarkable looking dude, so I don’t know that Phoenix is the only NHL city this would happen in.

  3. dipthatchip - May 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    flip I envy pro hockey players. raddest career out there

  4. bagjr387 - May 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I know that rochester Americans are recognized in buffalo….a couple years back i was out somewhere andrej sekera was out and had a crowd around him.

  5. oside760 - May 11, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    hmmmm where would i want to live?? LA or phoenix?? no brainer. GO KINGS!!!

  6. fnc111 - May 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I’d rather live in Phx where they kick the illegals out. LA is a lawless drug lord gang pit.

  7. dawglb - May 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Maples, you hit the nail on the head. There are not any two Hockey markets, in the U.S., any more different than Phoenix and Philadelphia. Bryzgalov thought he was playing in Ilyadelphia…..

  8. dawglb - May 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Darn auto spell check……. Maalea not maples.

  9. highlander24 - May 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    @fnc111 You are pathetic, and making a completely stereotypical assumption. LA is the best. GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!

  10. blomfeld - May 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    ““You can life your life, and I like it” ?

    Interesting, as I’m not sure how one can “life a life” ? :)

    Anyway, I’m going to start “lifing my life” tomorrow, when we Kings bring the hammer down on this financial scam known as the Phoenix Coyotes ! I mean seriously, why aren’t they called the Phoenix “Madoffs” ? … or the Phoenix “Enrons” ? … why do they have to go and cowardly hide behind the name of some kindly desert creature like the coyote ? Call me stupid if you will, but I’ve yet to meet a coyote who bilks taxpayers to the tune of $60 million per year ? Anyway, laying waste to the “House Which Gary Built” will not only be satisfying from a King’s point of view … as well, their annihilation is going to help restore the overall financial health of the league ! …

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

  11. geo91 - May 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Whats the point of being in the NHL and making millions if you can’t get girls to have sex with you by saying “Hi, I’m _______”

  12. steeltuff - May 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Ovie and the Caps . . . still searching for that elusive Cup.

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