January 18, 2014
Tick, Tick, Done: Shortest NHL Debut
Kellan Lain was a 6-foot-6 prospect playing for the Utica Comets of the AHL when the parent team Vancouver Canucks called him up. Three days later, the Canucks played a home game against the bitter-rival Calgary Flames, and coach John Tortorella started Lain and two other tough guys after Flames coach Bob Hartley put out three goons for the opening faceoff.
As soon as the puck was dropped to start the first period, a line brawl ensued, and Lain fought Kevin Westgarth. Lain was given a five-minute fighting major and game misconduct, his NHL debut lasting exactly two seconds.
Just as bizarre, Brian White made his debut with the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 21, 1998 and also “played” but two seconds, but he didn’t incur a penalty. This is almost certainly the shortest “shift” in NHL history without any event to interrupt the debut.