We’ve seen candidates for goal of the year come out of the NHL, KHL, NCAA and even high-school hockey this season, but here’s one from the EIHL that may best all of those simply based on the degree of difficulty.
In an EIHL contest over the weekend, Cardiff Devils winger Jake Morissette scored an unthinkable goal. Standing to the left of the Belfast Giants net while on the power play, a shot was fired towards the goal by Devils defenseman Carl Hudson, but it went high and wide, ricocheting off the glass and back out in front of the net. Before the puck could hit the ice, Morissette turned to locate it and, facing away from the goal, he batted the puck out of mid-air, back between his legs and into the net:
How exactly Morissette managed that is anyone’s guess, but it’s likely he has never and will never again score a goal that is quite as impressive as that one.
Born in British Columbia, Morissette spent his first year of junior with the BCHL’s Williams Lake Timberwolves, but moved on to the NCAA’s RPI in 2004-05 where he played four seasons and was captain of the club in his final season. He spent two seasons with the CHL’s Amarillo Gorillas after leaving the NCAA and had a brief, four-game stint with the Rapid City Rush in 2011-12 before settling in overseas.
The 33-year-old Morissette has had an interesting career that has taken him across Europe over the past few seasons, but he seems to have found a home in Cardiff. Before joining the Devils, he played a season in the German second league, one campaign in France and one in Denmark.