While everything about last night's Operation Hat Trick charity game was perfect, one strange site was seeing Vinny from the "Jersey Shore" as Team Richards head coach.
Assuming the reason he participated was because of his obvious connection to New Jersey. He's also from Staten Island which was one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy...
...despite Vinny's connections to the tragedy, I still don't think he belonged at the event. His being there seemed like more of a publicity stunt you'd see from the NBA, not our beloved NHL where things are much more humbled.
The Jersey Shore phenomenon is ridiculous — but as pointed out Jersey/.S.I. was hit by Sandy pretty hard so him being there makes sense...I guess. Know who shouldn't have been there? Fehr, politicizing a charity event to a captive audience.
@Beckfan5 Which made it all the more surprising. If they were looking for a celebrity coach Tim Robbins or Liam Neeson might have been better. Just sayin'.
Totally disagree...I think in a charity game, anyone who wants to support it is a good thing. In charity, a "publicity stunt" is a good thing because it draws publicity which draws money from people who may not otherwise be watching. The typical fans of the Jersey Shore may not be the typical fans of the NHL...so anyone new to the cause is a good thing. Also, I'm personally a fan of anyone supporting hockey in any of its forms.
@TheNYRBlog it could be worse...it could have been Snooki or Mike the Situation. Out of all of them, Vinny is the best.
the cast of that show are chock full of publicity you-know-whats, anything to stay relevant for as long as possible, or as least longer than jody shelley
@TheNYRBlog skipped it to go see the Frozen Apple game. renovated arena is nice. look forward to eventual hockey there again.