As everyone's favorite Oompa Loompa, we'd like to welcome back home Happy Hudler. We missed the little guy over here at NOHS. If they actually sold it, I'd have a Hudler jersey and I'd wear it proud.
He returns to Detroit tonight in a different jersey and it's going to be painful. He's having a great start with Calgary (even if Calgary isn't, being in last place and all), as noted by TSN.
In Calgary, there is an opportunity for Hudler to play a more substantial role and he's certainly doing his part in his first three games, putting up two goals and five points, playing 21:19 against Chicago Saturday, his most in a game since March 3, 2009 vs. St. Louis.
So why do I like him so much? He's fun. He's fun as hell, man. You may like the idea of a team full of Darren Helms, but I'm just not that way. I need a Jiri or two mixed in there. I like the unexpected entertainment that it provides. Did it looked like Jiri worked his tail off every minute of every game? Of course not. But who am I to criticize him for that? I'm writing this while I'm supposed to be working for Christ's sake.
And don't forget we chronicaled Happy's travels in his KHL days extensively. Here's a few highlights:
Hit the jump for more Happy moments:
And my personal favorite:
I highly suggest you check out the rest.
So when Happy returns to the ice with Detroit tonight, I'd you to remember the time when everyone was Happy?