Now that the majority of my real life people all have twitter, I often assume that they are over the hockey news like I. So when I launch into a conversation about Penner and his pancake letter last week and there is a look of dumbfoundedness on the listener's face, well I realize that maybe not everyone seems to read the same things I do. And that's cool, that really is. Honest. That's why I have a blog.

Since I'll be at tomorrow's game with one of my season ticket buddies, I thought it would be fun to chat about the latest stupid things in hockey if say the Canucks played as lacklustre-ly as last night. So in prep for tomorrow, let's get started on an education of silly things in hockey, today's topic is Dustin Penner of the Kings. And for a bonus, I've also thrown in Ovechkin's guest spot in a rap video as well.


As you may or may not have heard, Penner was injured last week due back spasms caused when he was settling into eating pancakes. Yes, you read that right.

Here is Penner describing it via the LA Kings Insider:

“Not bad. Better than yesterday. I woke up fine, sat down to eat and it locked right up. It never happened to me before. I couldn’t stand up. I was probably at the third stage of evolution. So my wife helped me get dressed, and then I drove to the rink here, to hope they could do some magic and get it opened up. Kinger [trainer Chris Kingsley] just looked at me and said, `Go home.’ So I got some treatment and went home.

“Apparently it’s one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing. I just leaned over to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made. It’s just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes. … So it was disappointing. Hopefully it’s just an isolated incident, and not something that’s going to become chronic.”

And then Penner decided to pen a hilarious reponse to the events which came via MayorsManor.com:

So it seems as though I need to address Pancakegate for those in the sports media world, as well as those following #pennercakes on twitter, in light of the recent phenomenon I've created.

Right off the bat, I'd like to clarify a few things.

For example, they were vegetarian pancakes. The injury happened as I was sitting down to eat, not mid-bite. And yes, I did finish them.

There has been some feedback from the media as a whole regarding the lack of transparency involving injuries. So, I decided to be candid.

Continue reading after the jump...


First and foremost, I think we can agree that having delicious pancakes that your wife made for breakfast, for a 1pm game, is not out of the norm. Secondly, "SOBS" (Sudden Onset Back Spasms) can occur at any moment, doing just about anything you can think of, and is a very serious issue.

Those who have experienced "SOBS," know it is no laughing matter. I'm a little hurt, to tell you the truth, that the plight of my people isn't being taken seriously.

Frankly, I don't mind the attention and there's no such thing as bad press, right? Apparently, I made it onto ESPN's 'Around the Horn' and joined Kings' ATH alumnus Dustin Brown (see water bottle incident) and have also became a twitter sensation overnight (with hashtag #pennercakes). So, I'm hoping to get an endorsement from IHOP or Denny's.

The main thing here though is that we were able to bring attention to a serious issue like "SOBS" and hopefully find a treatment and unmask the mystery of it all.

In closing, for those who know how to laugh and find humor in life I hope they've enjoyed this as much as I did.

In an effort to end the entire experience on a high note, I'm partnering with MayorsManor to sponsor a 'Pancakes with Penner' breakfast. In the weeks to come we'll be setting up a special raffle. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for $1.00 for a chance to have a pancake breakfast with me. All the money raised will go to charity...while we enjoy some delicious pancakes!

Be on the lookout for more information soon.

Thank you for your time,

Dustin Penner

I've never heard of non vegetarian pancakes, but I love how he took the time to address the plight of his people. Thank you Dustin Penner and Mayorsmanor.com for sharing this to the world.

NHL Player Wedding Video's

And here via The Royal Half is Dustin Penner's wedding video.

Ovechkin's New Music Vid

Speaking of video's, can we discuss Ovechkin's guest spot on this Russian rap video of Sasha Belyi's "Champion"?

GTFO. The awkward dancing in the first 2 minutes by Ovie? This is amazing.