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Paul Steigerwald’s Hobey Baker Joke Falls Flat (VIDEO)

December 25th, 2009, 03:12 pm admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Pittsburgh Penguins announcer Paul Steigerwald tried an off-the-cuff joke Monday night, one he is likely wishing could be taken back. Puck Daddy flags a terribly awkward moment when Steigerwald makes a joke about Hobey Baker, a former hockey player who served in the Air Force during World War I and later died in a plane crash in 1918. The Hobey Baker Award has been given out annually since 1981, and the 2000 winner is Devils defenseman Mike Mottau, who won the award during his time at Boston College.

During Monday’s game between the Devils and Penguins, the Fox Sports broadcast replayed a hit on Mottau, to which commentator Bob Errey said, “The Hobey Baker winner went down… real hard.” Steigerwald responded by saying, “Not as hard as Hobey Baker went down, though. He went down in a plane crash. That’s pretty hard to go down there.”

The announcer added that “I don’t mean to laugh about how he left us,” but continued to chuckle about the situation for several more seconds. Scroll down for video of the exchange.

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