Thankfully, nobody was hurt. But what about next time? Are NHL teams really prepared to deal with this sort of dangerous scenario?
As with any fire, early detection is the key. So as a public service, I'm offering this list of ten signs that your team bus might be on fire, which I'd suggest NHL teams print out and post on all team vehicles.
- The cloud of smoke billowing out from Ray Emery's seat smells slightly different than usual.
- Everyone is pointing at your bus and yelling "Go Flames Go", but you don't play for Calgary.
- Brendan Witt looked like he was carrying a propane tank right before you ran over him.
- Carey Price has started smoking again. Literally.
- You play for Edmonton, and for the first time since mid-October your wife isn't nagging you about how cold she is.
- The steam that's usually coming out of John Tortorella's ears has now been joined by steam coming out of his eyes, mouth and nose.
- For the first time in his hockey career, Jason Spezza is sweating.
- You are attempting to drive away from the arena after a tough playoff loss in Montreal.
- A few minutes ago you saw Kyle Wellwood stuffing his face with cookie dough, but now he's stuffing his face with freshly baked cookies.
- You suddenly hear more sirens than Vesa Toskala at the Verizon Center.