Please, Hertl, Don’t Hurt ‘Em

Hertl for Calder.

Okay, so perhaps it is a bit premature to be saying that, but after what Tomas Hertl did last night, can you really blame us?

The San Jose Sharks rookie forward scored 4 goals (!) last night.  Each goal he scored was more impressive than the one before and his piece de resistance was this.

Salty.  Like the ocean.

Best thing about this goal?  You know that he’s totally been practicing that shot since he was a little kid.  He already had the hat trick going, so why not?  It’s not really like he had anything to lose at that point.   Your team is winning (in large part, thanks to you).  You’re streaking to the net alone.  You’re on a high like us after a case of Mexi-colas and Tim Horton’s Timbits.

If he misses, he gets made fun of mercilessly in the locker room as is want to happen when you’re a rookie.  Or he makes it and makes history.

The look on his face says it all.

herlt, tomas - 4th goal face “I can’t believe that ACTUALLY worked.”

He can’t stop smiling.  He won’t stop smiling.  Neither can we. [click here for smiley, happy, good-time post game interview]

With his performance last night, Herlt becomes the 4th youngest player in NHL history to score 4 goals in a game and the first to do so since 1988.

Just so you are aware, Tomas Hertl was born in 1993.

You know what we were doing in 1993?

We were in high school.




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  1. I think you have the best headline based on his name yet. He was born the year I graduated from high school. Holy hell. Where’s that Centrum Silver at?

    Also, he’s so precious grinning like that, I don’t care that he’s chewing his mouthguard, even though that usually grosses me out.

  2. Casey Reply

    Precious little bebe, that smile those cheeks his eyes…. Adorable.

    I was 6 in 1993…..

  3. Anne Reply

    I got MARRIED in 1993.

    • Little bastard probably wouldn’t even understand where the headline comes from…um, I mean, he’s so darling!

      At least I think he’d understand “Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl.” Hertl Power!

  4. Heather Reply

    Saw that goal happen & almost didn’t believe it! His & his mom’s joy were infectious!!! Loved it when someone in the Twitterverse coined #TeenageMutantNinjaHertl 😀

  5. Emily Reply

    I wasn’t even BORN is 1993…

  6. Josephine Reply

    I was a year old! 😀

  7. Woo! Finally people younger than me! Jess, you can’t get mad at me for mentioning that I was born in 1993.
    Also, THAT is a smile.

  8. Becca Reply

    I was 7 in 1993….seriously, there is nothing that makes you feel older than realizing that these incredible athletes are decades younger than you…But he is friggen adorable! LOVE that picture! And also, clearly insanely talented.