A new year means that a hockey player’s flow has had countless months to grow. And so, NAHL hockey players enter the month of January with a newfound belief that 2015 is going to be their year. For those players in the playoff hunt, January is a key time to build up some serious flow and it is also a time that the winters are cold and harsh, and we all know nothing protects a hockey player like some sick, long flow and this month’s winner provides us with a prime example.
With that said, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced its Gongshow Flow of the Month winner for January 2015.
The winner this month is forward JM Piotrowski of the Bismarck Bobcats.
Piotrowski, a 19-year-old forward from Naperville, Illinois, is in his first full season in the NAHL and second season overall playing junior hockey. Prior to this season, Piotrowski played last season for the Fargo Force in the USHL, the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL and the Dallas Stars 18U team in the Tier I Elite League.
Piotrowski (6’2/180) has played in 39 NAHL games to date for the Bobcats this season. Piotrowski has proven he is a threat in many areas of the ice. His 13 goals to date ranks 3rd on the Bobcats roster and he is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals. He also leads the team with 111 shots on goal, so he likes to shoot and likes to score. The power forward has also proven that he likes the physical part of the game as well and he leads the Bobcats with 101 penalty minutes to date.
Piotrowski’s flow really speaks for itself. It is red, it is glorious and it is a perhaps candidate for the flow of the year. What is not to like about this? It rides straight of his helmet on onto his shoulders and nameplate. It has a wave and the body of a finely spruced 70’s TV star and it really stands out. No doubt, the blow-dryer gets a workout with this fine mane. Combine that with the harsh and cold winters that Bismarck, North Dakota has to offer, and we think this is a perfect match. This is hockey hair at its finest.
It also possesses a certain ‘rebel/X-Games’ look and really reminds of the old version of Shaun White. As you may remember, White was referred to as the ‘Flying Tomato’ back in the day when he was ripping up the half pipe on his snowboard. But alas, he got rid of his trademark long and flowing red hair and it appears that Piotrowski has picked up where White left off. There has to be some magic in it with that many goals and penalty minutes
One can only assume that the Piotrowski’s nickname should be the Scarlet Sniper, or something to that nature. We will let his teammates figure it out.
It is a great look worthy of being the Flow of the Month and for his efforts Piotrowski will be receiving a Gongshow Gear hat! It should look great with the red flow pouring out of it.
Fans and players alike are encouraged to submit photos of their best ‘hockey hair’ or ‘flow’ via Twitter by the end of every month during the regular season.
To enter the contest for the month of February, submit your best #FlowoftheMonth pictures by February 28th to @NAHLHockey and @GONGSHOWGEAR. Two winners will be selected on March 1st. Winners will receive a Gongshow Gear hat.
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