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Gronkowski drops puck before minor league hockey game, by spiking it

Rob Gronkowski AP

He’s still walking on crutches, two weeks after undergoing surgery on a badly-sprained ankle.  But that didn’t stop Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski from showing up at a minor-league hockey game between the Providence Bruins and Worcester Sharks on Friday night, hitching a ride on the back of a pickup truck to center ice, standing up without crutches, and dropping the ceremonial puck.

Some Patriots fans would say Wes Welker would have been a better choice to drop the puck.  But Gronkowski didn’t drop it.  Standing on his right leg with a cast still on his left, Gronkowski spiked it.

And it blew into at least four pieces.  (Here’s the video.)

Obviously it’s not 100 percent,” Gronkowski told the Boston Herald, referring either to his ankle or the puck, or both. “Just every day just getting better, and that’s all you can ask for.  And obviously within a couple of weeks my goal is to be 100 percent and just keep on going day-by-day with it.”

Gronkowski also said he has “no idea” whether he’ll be able to join the team’s offseason workouts in April.

Come September, however, Gronkowski surely will be back.  And he’ll be ready to spike footballs hard enough to break them into four pieces, too.

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23 Responses to “Gronkowski drops puck before minor league hockey game, by spiking it”
  1. fritz1218 says: Feb 25, 2012 1:27 PM

    IDIOT !!!!

  2. nukaten says: Feb 25, 2012 1:34 PM

    Its awesome that he dropped the puck at a minor league hockey game, I guarantee the fans appreciated it.

  3. joetoronto says: Feb 25, 2012 1:49 PM

    Only he didn’t “drop” the puck, he spiked it.

    What’s wrong with this guy?

  4. jdandcoke says: Feb 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    if they ever make Encino Man 2 i know who’s going to star in it.

  5. jenniferxxx says: Feb 25, 2012 1:54 PM

    He’s starting to remind me of Jeremy Shockey … hate to say it.

  6. ajknox88 says: Feb 25, 2012 1:58 PM

    that was crazy! i’ve never seen a hockey puck break before

  7. jf203 says: Feb 25, 2012 2:38 PM

    Hockey pucks dont break…it was a wrestling like stage show

  8. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 25, 2012 2:55 PM

    He makes the Jersey Shore meat heads look like geniuses

  9. boknowsvt says: Feb 25, 2012 3:00 PM

    I HATE everything about the Patriots, but this guy is pretty awesome.

  10. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 25, 2012 3:01 PM

    did he rip off his shirt and start dancing afterwards?

  11. bostonsports11 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:07 PM

    Shockey isn’t close to the player this guy is. It was a minor league hockey stunt. Get over it. He was asked to do it

  12. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Feb 25, 2012 3:10 PM

    At least he kept his shirt on.

  13. rajbais says: Feb 25, 2012 3:34 PM

    Can the Indian make a comment???

    I went to the land of “Slumdog Millionaire”, worked out, had the country’s food, and lost 10 lbs in 3 weeks!!!!

    New Rule: All NFL Combine participants that need to trim down should go to India!!!!!!!! It’ll be quick!!!! Trust me!!!!

  14. craigb2003 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:36 PM

    Check your facts…pucks have broke apart before

  15. stevenfbrackett says: Feb 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    I don’t follow the Patriots so I only know his as a vital part of their offense. I know nothing of him as a man except what I have seen since the Superbowl. So I have to ask — has he always been an asshat or has success completely gone to his head?

  16. Wisconsin77 says: Feb 25, 2012 4:05 PM

    This guy is fast becoming the head D-Bag of the NFL.

  17. baltimorons says: Feb 25, 2012 8:25 PM

    He’s such a meathead.

  18. patriotera says: Feb 25, 2012 8:35 PM

    Important fact: The hockey team (which is the San Jose Sharks affiliate) agreed to pay his $7,500 fine for spiking the ball after scoring against the Jets on Nov 13. if he came to this game and spiked the puck. It was their idea.

    Question is: did he host a F’ it let’s party after game get together for the team that loss the hockey game.

  19. vincentbojackson says: Feb 25, 2012 10:21 PM

    So a puck made of vulcanized rubber stays perfectly intact after a 110 MPH slap shot off a steel hockey goal but somehow falls apart went thrown at the ice?

    Not impossible, but it smells like it was set up. Gotta call BS on this one.

  20. libertyjournal700 says: Feb 26, 2012 4:59 AM

    The crowd seemed to like the spike.

    Its nice of him to promote these hockey teams and to help out these teams when asked.

    I’ve also seen him in a lot of videos promoting charities.

    He seems like a nice guy.

  21. patriotera says: Feb 26, 2012 11:00 AM

    Only 7,500 dollars for a quick apperance, yeah… guys like this are the ones who deserve praise.

  22. pftwstbshmc says: Feb 27, 2012 6:31 AM

    First of all I WAS THERE.

    I heard the puck was “pre-cut” for the desired effect of having it explode into pieces when spiked. I don’t think anyone (including GRONK) had any idea that it would go like it did though.

    Also, he agreed to do this for a charity event, The March of Dimes. Yes the AHL team paid for his spike fine in the Jets game, but this was about the charity event.

    However, the organizers of that need to be severely bitch slapped for it. They sold tickets for a “meet and greet” and it was suppose to be a “limited number”. Those who bought said tickets were told they would get an autograph and a chance to get thier picture taken with him.
    They obviously overbooked it because the number of people in line FAR exceeded the number of tickets that were suppose to be sold by at least three fold. Then you were not allowed to have anything signed except a picture supplied by them. And when it came time to actually have your chance at the “meet and greet” you were only allowed to have him sign your supplied photo and move along. No chance to pose with him (and those who tried were pushed along by the gorrillas/security). Total dissappiontment. The organizers should be ashamed of themselves for how this was handled.

    Was good to see GRONK out and about though. He was in good spirits and when I asked him about it, he said he would be ready to play in a few months.

  23. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 27, 2012 6:54 AM

    “Gronkowski drops puck before minor league hockey game”

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    They sure picked the right guy for the job.

    The last play of the Super Bowl proved that,
    if you need something to be dropped, not caught
    then here’s a person with experience at it to do just that…

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