Nearly seven years have passed since the wild night at Nassau Coliseum in February 2011 when Micheal Haley, a 24-year-old Islanders rookie called up that morning from the minor leagues, scored his first N.H.L. goal. Almost as memorable: He got into three fights that game.
Haley remembers all of it with a smile: the mayhem of a 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, which included 346 penalty minutes, Wholesale nhl jerseys
and the way the crowd of 12,888 shouted his name when he was escorted off the ice after a game misconduct with 15 minutes still to play.
“It was a pretty good game, and I only played half of it,” said Haley, who accrued 39 penalty minutes in the victory.
Haley is now 31, a forward for the Florida Panthers with only seven goals in 158 N.H.L. games through Thursday. But it is his $850,000-a-year job as a so-called tough guy, a not-yet-obsolete role in pro hockey, that makes him a bit of a rarity in the league.