Jan­uary 18, 2014

The Hockey News - - NHL -

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.

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