Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson recently learned the fundies of playing big and protecting the paint from Olly and Jacob in the latest “On The Bench” eppie
If you’re a hockey fan, chances are that you’ve at least heard of On The Bench. Olly Postanin and Jacob Ardown have set out to give lessons to NHL players from across the country in an effort to “increase competition in the league”.
They have traveled from coast to coast and even up into Canada to teach the fundies of the game to some of the NHL’s brightest.
Johnson’s reputation as a smaller player didn’t get past the On The Bench crew. Right at the start of the lesson, Johnson was given a sawn-off stick to match his less than tall 5′ 9″ height.
Then, the boys demonstrated what they wanted him to learn. In their words, he would be learning “cross checks, spears, slashes, butt ends, and whatever you have to do to get on the ice.”
“Mr. Wheels,” as the boys called him, did exactly what he was asked at Jacob’s expense. This included a Brad Marchand-esque spear to the groin that passed Olly’s inspection. You can watch the whole eppie for yourself here.
Tampa Bay Lightning fans can rest easy knowing that Tyler Johnson’s game has been elevated to the next level by some of the best coaches in the game. Don’t expect to see anyone hanging out in front of the Bolts net anytime soon. Anyone that does will have to deal with Mr. Wheels.