From the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction files:
The worst goalie in the history of professional hockey is spending his 40th birthday in prison.
Not for atrocious goaltending, mind you - though Attila Ambrus once gave up 23 goals in a game, and 88 in a memorable five-game stretch - but for robbing banks during a post-Iron Curtain crime spree that became the stuff of legend.
Seven years into a 17-year sentence, one of his few regrets is that it’s become harder than ever to follow the just-launched NHL season. So quit complaining about trying to find “Versus” on your cable system. “The only time I can see clips,” Ambrus lamented in a recent jailhouse interview, “is through the state-owned Hungarian television channel.”
I just love stories like this; dude even has a MySpace page, for godsakes…
And 23 goals given up in one game? People really need to start laying off poor Cloutier.