Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Meeting the New Guys: Joel Rechlicz

I've got enough time to do a couple more posts before all the camp mayhem begins, so here we go!

Joel Rechlicz (pronouced wreck-lihj)
Birthdate: June 14, 1987
Hometown: Brookfield, WI
Drafted: Undrafted
Height: 6’4
Weight: 220 lbs
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right

He has played 21 NHL games so far, 17 in the 2008-2009 season and 6 in the 2009-2010 season. And, in those 21 games, he’s fought, um, EVERYONE. I’m not kidding. Just one YouTube search of his name and you’ll find more than 10 pages of his fights. He even takes on the big guys like Wade Brookbank, Riley Cote, Georges Laraque, Zenon Konopka, and our very own John Erskine. You can find a couple of said videos at the end of this post. As you might expect, he doesn’t score very many goals…pretty much none, in fact.

But let’s focus on the positive! Much like the Caps adding D.J. King, we’ve got an enforcer for Hershey! Nicknamed “Wrecker,” he had 128 penalty minutes in just 21 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons, he got 68 penalty minutes and 27 penalty minutes, respectively, while with the Islanders.

Rechlicz signed a one-year, one-way contract with Hershey on July 29, 2010. In 2008, he signed a 3-year contract with the New York Islanders. However, this past summer, they mutually terminated the contract and he was placed on waivers and became a UFA. When he signed with the Islanders, he became the first player from the International Hockey League to make it to the NHL.

I’ve got to say, for being a “tough guy” he can be a bit of an…interesting fighter. While watching a lot of his fights, he makes this pawing-like motion during the moments before the first swing. And, while pawing away, he and his opponent circle each other for quite some time. Sometimes it ends up just being more of a hug than a fight, but that happens to the best of us. Or maybe he’s just trying to hug it out? In all seriousness, he packs a good punch and can stand his own, even against the NHL veteran enforcers.

I love me some hockey fights. Here we go, Joel Rechlicz, everybody!

Rechlicz and a pretty decent fight against Tom Kostopolous.

Rechlicz even fought Brashear while Brash was in Hartford, so that's fun.

And finally Rechlicz fights Michael Rupp and does some gymnastics.

1 comment:

  1. Joel is a wonderful person, great in the dressing room and excellent with the fans. You'll like him. Tell him I said Hi.