Former Vancouver Canucks shares story of picking up a girl during a game and how his coach reacted

Published July 28, 2023 at 11:45

Former NHLer and current podcast host, Shane O'Brien always found ways to get himself in the doghouse with coaches during his playing days.

On a recent episode O'Brien told a story about a time when he played with the Vancouver Canucks. His team was visiting the Calgary Flames and were up 3-0.

During a TV timeout one of the lady's on the Flames' Ice Crew caught his eye. O'Brien went over to chat and make plans after the game at Cowboys, a famous bar in Calgary.

"It was retro night at the Saddledome,» O'Brien explained during the latest episode of the Missin' Curfew podcast. «I jump out for the TV timeout, and she's scraping the ice, and I come over and say, ‘Hey hey, we're staying the night, are you gonna go to Cowboys?' She said, ‘Yeah, I'll be at Cowboys after.' I said, ‘Okay, I'll meet you there.' Whatever. Good.»

O'Brien's coach at the time Alain Vigneault caught him trying to multitask and was pissed.

"I skate back, and as I skate back, AV obviously had the iso-cam on me and he's like, ‘OB, keep your f*cking head in the game!' And I'm like, ‘Yeah, I got it.' And he's like, ‘Are you f*cking serious? Let's go here."

Things got hairy for the O'Brien and the Canucks as the Flames made it 3-2.

"Now I'm worried,» O'Brien said. «I'm like ‘if we lose this game, and I went over the ice girl [when we were winning]'»

Luckily for O'Brien and the Canucks, the Sedin twins Henrik and Daniel came up big late in the game to give Vancouver the win.

"I met her out at Cowboys, and the rest is history.»

A successful night complete for O'Brien and the Canucks.
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Former Vancouver Canucks shares story of picking up a girl during a game and how his coach reacted

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