Ryan Hollweg (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Former NHLer Ryan Hollweg is still plying his trade over in Europe and while the physical winger has run afoul of the officials, an opponent's acting job was also an assault on the eyes.
So it seems like former NHLer Ryan 'Hollywood' Hollweg is having himself a tricky start to the year in the Czech Republic. The physical winger for Plzen has raised the ire of the hockey nation with his play, which has sometimes gone over the line and garnered extra discipline, including a 10-game suspension for kneeing Slavia Praha's Tomas Vlasak.
But this post is not about that hit, which you will see below. No, this post is about the reaction, where Vlasak's linemate, Michal Poletin, feigns as if he is going to defend his buddy, then drops like a rock when Hollweg takes a swing at him. But watch the video, specifically at the 40-second mark: Hollweg misses him with the punch!
What in the name of Cristiano Ronaldo was that?
I'm not going to defend Hollweg's actions, but geez, Poletin – have some respect for the sport you're playing.
And a shout-out to legendary Czech hockey writer Pavel Barta for the original story.