Remember Ronald Petrovicky? He was a serviceable fourth-liner
who mucked and grinded his way into everyone's hearts during the Penguins'
semi-magical 2006-07 season. He was in the lineup for 11 games of that streak
of 16 games in which the Penguins recorded at least a point. He's probably best
known for delivering a knockout punch to the head of Maple Leafs forward Kris
Newbury that season during a 6-5 overtime win at Toronto,
Feb. 10, 2007. You might
recall that game as being the "Jordan Staal Game" when Staal scored his first
career hat trick.
Basically, Petrovicky was some guy most Penguins fans probably had never heard of and in an instant, he became a younger, more Slovakian version of Gary Roberts.
After the season, Petrovicky bolted for Europe where he savaged the peoples of Switzerland and Sweden while playing in those countries' leagues in 2007-08.
He's now directed his anger towards the new KHL. Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! has found a video of Petrovicky fighting what appears to be a dwarf in the new KHL. Petrovicky is the gentleman in white wearing No. 27.
The bottom line is, we don't care if you're a Maple Leaf fourth liner, a Russian dwarf or a 12-year old blind, handicapped kid. Ronald Petrovicky will mess you up.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-The Penguins' prospects report for rookie camp today.
-Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby took in some of the U.S. Open. (Kudos to EN reader Kara Tershel for the heads up.)
-The Penguins' logo is facing off against the Florida Everblade' logo in The Hockey News' logo contest. (Kudos to EN reader Judd Stricker for the heads up.)
-The agent for free agent winger Brendan Shanahan is talking to Rangers general manager Glen Sather about a contract.
-The Maple Leafs hired former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins enforcer Dennis Bonvie as a pro scout.
-The Air Canada Center underwent a facelift.
-Aragorn is a Canadiens fan.
-The Panthers signed defenseman Keith Ballard to a six-year contract extension.
-The Hurricanes are trying to sign Eric Staal, who has a brother or two we hear, to a long-term deal.
-Thrashers forward and former Penguin Erik Christensen is ready to start the season.
-Defenseman/bingo fanatic Chris Chelios officially re-signed with the Red Wings.
-The Blues hired former Lightning forward Rob DiMiao as a pro scout.
-Blues forward Paul Kariya is looking to rebound after a subpar 2007-08.