Los Angeles Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier sprawls to make
a save during a recent practice session.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net
EL SEGUNDO, CA — Every team in the National Hockey League
’s Stanley Cup Playoffs has them, but they are usually unseen, or keep to themselves, staying out of the limelight, patiently waiting for their chance to crack the lineup, often a fleeting opportunity, at best.
These are the Black Aces, the extra skaters and goaltenders who rarely get the chance to play in the post-season, if at all, during a team’s run through the playoffs.
But wait a minute…where on Earth did the term, Black Aces come from, anyway?
As it turns out, the term was derived from the “Dead Man’s Hand” in poker, consisting of a pair of eights, the Ace of Spades, and the Ace of Clubs. Read more of this post