By Elyse Bailey
Every once in a while, we’re all witnesses to a miracle.
Former Hershey Bear and current Avangard Omsk forward Sergei Shumakov scored a lacrosse-style “Michigan Goal” in a Gagarin Cup playoff game on Monday. On top of that, he wears #69 for the team and he scored the tricky shot from the top of a Durex advertisement on the ice.
Sergei Shumakov really enjoys #GagarinCup Playoffs. pic.twitter.com/I7zX0VKBK5
— KHL (@khl_eng) February 25, 2019
Scoring while wearing #69…standing on the Durex logo? I don’t need to explain this to you, this is simply the perfect joke that I wanted to start my day.
If you’re curious about “The Michigan Goal”…it was established in 1996 when it was first done by Mike Legg while playing for the University of Michigan, in a 1996 NCAA Tournament game against the University of Minnesota. It’s a popular move that even Evgeny Kuznetsov attempted in March last year.
The Capitals signed Shumakov to an entry-level, two-way deal at the start of this season, but the Russian struggled in the AHL after breaking his arm and sitting out for five weeks. He was cut from Hershey in early December.
Former teammate Ilya Samsonov spoke recently in an interview with Sport Express about why he thought Shumakov struggled in North America.
“Sergei had issues adjusting to life here. We talked recently – he is glad he returned to Russia,” Samsonov said, as translated by Igor Kleyner.
With goals like this, we can see why. Best of luck to Shumakov in the Gagarin Cup playoffs.
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