Contact Us

NHL Team Gives WWE-Style Belt to Player of the Game

Coyotes Championship Belt
Sports.yahoo.com

Plagued by frequently poor attendance and based in a climate more conducive to golf visors than toques, the Phoenix Coyotes need to do whatever they can to create energy around their organization. They’ve started giving out a WWE-style belt to their player of the game after victories.

Given the propensity of fights in hockey, it’s not that much of a reach.

The team developed the idea after goalie Jason LaBarbera sent defenseman Keith Yandle a picture of his replica WWE title belt in 2011. There are several other wrestling fans on the Coyotes roster, so the players decided to run with the concept. The Coyotes started off with a simple wrestling belt, but they have made it considerably more elaborate with their latest trophy.

The Coyotes’ players mandated that whichever player wins the award must drape the belt over his shoulder while addressing the media after the game. Mikkel Boedker, who scored two goals in a win over the Los Angeles Kings on March 12, was the first title holder. He complied:

It’s only a matter of time before some crazy hockey goon introduces a steel chair into this new ritual.

NEXT: Hockey Goalie Puts Taylor Swift Image On Mask

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://guyspeed.com using your Facebook account.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on GuySpeed quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on GuySpeed quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!