Viral videos come and go. The bedroom intruder. Sweet Brown. Double Rainbow. Very few find their way into our everyday lexicon. Cory Conacher’s torrid rookie campaign has brought an old favorite back to the forefront of Bolts Nations’ memories. The Honey Badger.
There’s really no way to describe it. See for yourself. NSFW due to language. If you’re sensitive or surrounded by young ears, you may not want to partake in this adventure. Here is the video
What does this have to do with Conacher? He and the honey badger have a lot in common. They take what they want. It doesn’t matter if their prey is bigger, stronger, or even has poisonous venom. The honey badger doesn’t back down from anything. That’s definitely one of the hallmarks of Cory’s approach to hockey.
“The kid has unbelievable instincts,” Jon Cooper, head coach of the Syracuse Crunch, said. “It’s crazy. I don’t know how to describe it. He can make passes through opponents that are impossible. That’s why we call him ‘Honey Badger.’ He can adapt to what’s going on and play at a high rate of speed.” (Quote Source: Tampa Bay Times)
Since he’s been up with the Lightning, he’s been spending a lot of time on a line with Vinny Lecavalier. If you have a hard time keeping track of him on the ice, you’re not alone. He has an insane amount of speed at his disposal. Your best bet may be looking for the puck because chances are, that’s where Conacher is. Whether he’s sprinting towards the goal or fighting to strip the opposition, he is drawn to the puck like a magnet.
The other team may be bigger and stronger, but that doesn’t stop him from going into dirty areas. He’s in the corners, he’s in front of the net. He’s everywhere asserting himself. Conacher don’t care. He does what he wants. With 5 goals and 12 points, it’s safe to say his methods are working.
His success even has some pundits mentioning him in the early goings for the Calder Trophy. That’s pretty badass.