After the Winter Classic ended in dramatic fashion Thursday, Mike Green told reporters, “We were screaming so hard in the huddle I almost passed out. I could only imagine what the fans were doing.”
Now we know, thanks to Brouwer Ranger Ryan’s helmet camera.
In an undeniably prescient move, Ryan switched on his helmet cam as Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews headed to the penalty box for hooking in the game’s final minute. He would capture a moment of pure joy just seconds later, when Troy Brouwer picked up a loose puck in the left circle, loaded it into the Brouwitzer and shot it straight at poor Corey Crawford.
Commence muffled screaming, jumping up and down, and lots of awkward high-fiving and hugging.
Our seat location– low in section 129, behind the Nationals’ dugout along the first-base line– would have been great for baseball. For hockey, it meant poor visibility of the Caps’ third-period offensive zone. That is to say, while we knew someone had scored, we didn’t know for sure that it had been Brouwer. About 30 seconds into the video, our hopes and dreams were confirmed.
Here are just a few other shots from the Brouwer Rangers’ day.
Photo credit: Rob Carr (Getty)
Photo credit: Geoff Burke (USA TODAY)
Photo credit: NHL Snapchat
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