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Jaro Halak prefers movies about boats to actually being on one

Oct 22, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues are in the midst of a rare seven-day break in their schedule, having last played on Friday (a 4-3 shootout loss in Winnipeg) and not hitting the ice again until this Friday (a home date against Vancouver).

For goalie Jaroslav Halak, the week off has allowed him to experience the highs and lows of nautical adventure.

Over the weekend, the Blues had a team getaway to South Carolina for some deep-sea fishing, one that didn’t exactly vibe with the contents of Halak’s stomach.

From the Post-Dispatch:

On the other boat, goalie Jaroslav Halak had a tough time keeping his breakfast inside of him.

That boat also had quiet defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, so the other two players, Roman Polak and Vladimir Sobotka, didn’t have quite the same atmosphere as Backes’ boat did.

Bouwmeester might be the NHL’s version of Ron Swanson. Bet he would’ve gotten angry if Halak wasted a perfectly good breakfast.

Anyway, things got better for Halak on the boating tip when he and defenseman Jordan Leopold saw the new Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips,” the story of Somali pirates hijacking the Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean in 2009.

The Blues teammates gave the movie two thumbs-up, though Leopold’s ranking is a bit skewed because it sounds like he was mostly happy about getting out of the house.

“It was good,” Leopold said. “I can’t tell you the last time I saw a movie. I’ve got kids.”

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    strange that a boat would trigger him and not, say, the 40k miles this guy flies every year.

    • micklethepickle - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Don’t know why, but I’m the same way – get me out on the ocean, I’m in trouble. Plane? No problem. I think it has to do with the type of motion… but I don’t go out on boats anymore so haven’t had a chance to examine the sensations in depth 😀

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Huge difference between being in a plane and on a boat.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Except for te simple fact that they both cause motion sickness…

      • stakex - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        That’s true, seasickness and airsickness are both just forms of motion sickness. However the movement of a boat tends to be more sudden and dramatic, thus causing symptoms much easier.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Hockey news must be dying down….

  4. pfhockey - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    You cannot replace Bryzgalov…

  5. savior72 - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    I feel your pain Jordan.

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