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ECHL vet pulls incredible between the legs move for shootout goal of the year

Evan Rankin has never suited up for a single game in the NHL, but he showed off his big-league level hands with an amazing shootout goal.
via ECHL/Twitter

via ECHL/Twitter

There’s still a lot of time left before the end of the campaign, but it’s hard to imagine anyone will be able to best Evan Rankin’s shootout tally this season.

Rankin’s brilliant shootout goal came Friday night in a tilt between the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and Kalamazoo Wings, and it’s a thing to behold. Rankin, who had scored earlier in the contest, got his chance to shine in the fourth round of the shootout, and he made the most of the opportunity. 

Rankin’s attempt began with him methodically working his way up the middle of the ice, but it really picked up just feet from the goal. With little room to maneuver, Rankin dipped his shoulders, picked up speed, faked forehand, showed backhand and then pulled an insane between the legs move that saw him slip the puck into a near empty net.

Seriously, it needs to be seen to be believed:

#2 play on @SportsCenter? ✅
Filthy between-the-leg shootout winner? ✅@Ev_Ranks is having a good week, eh @ToledoWalleye ?

— ECHL (@ECHL) November 19, 2016

Rankin’s goal was more than simply an amazing bit of skill, though. It actually ended up being the game-winner.

Rankin, 30, has had quite the week, too, as this wasn’t the first time he’s turned heads with an outstanding show of skill. On Wednesday, Rankin scored a stunning backhand, no-look goal as part of a hat trick against the Atlanta Gladiators.

A career minor-leaguer, Rankin has bounced around North America plying his trade since leaving the University of Notre Dame back in 2008. His journey has seen him suit up for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, Manitoba Moose, Grand Rapids Griffins, Rochester Americans, Syracuse Crunch, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, St. John’s IceCaps and Utica Comets. His current stint with the Walleye makes for his fifth total campaign with the organization over the course of nine seasons.

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