Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore got a shock Monday when a stranger in full hockey equipment jumped on the ice during a Montreal practice and shot a puck at him.
The 28-year-old man from Montreal, who would only say his name was Raphael, went onto the Verdun Auditorium ice when most of the players were at the far end of the rink.
Wearing skates, full gear and a plain white hockey jersey, the man skated in on the star goalie with a stick and a puck. He was poke-checked on his first attempt and Theodore then stopped a weak wrist shot to the high glove side.
The practice crasher was chased to the side boards by coach Claude Julien but wouldn’t get off the ice until he was pulled away by an arena worker.
Police later released the man.
There’s no truth to the rumor that “Raphael” was signed by Bruins GM Mike O’Connell by lunch… is already being offered around the league to anyone who will pick up his salary.