The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced its Gongshow Flow of the Month winners for March 2013. This month awards go to NAHL players Sean Murphy, a forward for the Soo Eagles and Tyler Tatro, a defenseman for the Janesville Jets.
Honorable mentions for Flow of the Month went to: Max Milosek (Port Huron) and Mike Sabatini (Soo), along with Austin Frank (and teammates), Gabe Gauer, Kristian Alafriz, Jamie MacMinn, Mason Emoff and Grange Gordon.
Murphy, 20, joins the long and distinguished list of Soo Eagles players to be honored this season with Flow of the Month. Murphy is the 5th Eagles player to have been honored with the award this season.
Murphy has had a tremendous season so far for the Eagles, including this past week when he was honored as the North Division’s Star of the Week. The native of Cary, North Carolina, had a six-point weekend and was +6 in the two wins. For the regular season, Murphy averaged more than a point per game totaling 36 points in 28 games played. Murphy also took part in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament back in February as a part of the Great Lakes team.
Obviously the secret to Murphy’s success has been the growth of his flow. They must be putting something special in the water up in Sault Ste. Marie because the flow on the players has become the vibrissal stuff of legend. Speaking of legend, does Murphy’s flow resemble that of a young Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall? We knew it looked familiar. His blonde and wispy locks feather out towards the end and there is no doubt that this is one of the best natural looking flow we have seen all season.
Tatro, 19, is in his first season on the NAHL. The native of Bemidji, Minnesota, has played for two NAHL teams this season. He began the year with the Bismarck Bobcats appearing in 11 games with 4 assists. He later moved onto to play for his current team, the Janesville Jets, where he appeared in 18 games during the regular season, picking up 4 assists.
Tatro’s flow has that classic hockey player look. A nice slicked stack of brown flow adorns the top of his head, but as we take a look towards the back, we see a nest of wispy hair the flairs to form a true hockey mullet that does a great job of getting past the edges of his helmet and onto the upper reaches of the name on his jersey. Maybe what put Tatro over the top was his dirty looking mustache and goatee. It really completed the classic hockey look and makes Tatro a worthy Flow Champion.
So now we arrive to the Superbowl of Flow… the NAHL Playoffs. The Playoffs are the universal time in a hockey player’s life when he just lets the flow go. There will be no haircuts, there will be no shaving. Just pure carnalistic growth of hair. A player’s flow should be in full effect and April should even see the emergence of some playoff beards starting to form. Who knows… some teams take it as far as dyed flow, which always merits some consideration.
To enter the contest for the month of April, submit your best #Flow of the Month pictures by April 30th to @NAHLHockey and @GongshowGear. Two winners will be announced on May 1st. Winners will receive a Gongshow Gear hat.
Gongshow is the exclusive sponsor of the Flow of the Month promotion exclusively on the NAHL and Gongshow Twitter sites. 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.
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