Carl Grundstrom pulls a Patrik Stefan in Champions League game


It’s still the offseason here, but in Europe, hockey is well underway. Take the Champions Hockey League, for example, where many of the best teams across multiple nations play an extra-curricular tournament for all the bragging rights. 

In previous years, Europe’s ‘CHL’ has been a league of bragging rights for Leafs fans, mostly because Andreas Johnson absolutely destroyed it with 25 points in 10 games in 2014/15. This year, though? TLN’s 14th-ranked prospect Carl Grundstrom had a less than stellar start to his tournament.

Frolunda were taking on EHC Wolfsburg of the DEL (Germany’s top league) this afternoon and rallied back from a 1-0 deficit to score two goals in the third. While Grundstrom wasn’t the one to bury either (those honours went to Casey Wellman and Victor Olofsson), he did have a chance at the empty netter.

The result… not so pretty.

It gives you flashbacks to Patrick Stefan’s infamous mistake with the Dallas Stars a few years back; this should’ve been a no-brainer empty net goal. Thankfully, though, there was no equalizer to double dip into the embarrassment; the game ended at 2-1 in Frolunda’s favour.

Fingers crossed that Grundstrom never repeats this in North America.

Source for cropped gif via /r/hockey