from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,
The kid just lived out a dream.
He did it in front of his family and a national TV audience tuned in as part of a Hockey Day in Canada marathon aimed at celebrating the game.
Yet, at the tail end of a wildly entertaining and complete effort by his Flames, Darryl Sutter just couldn’t resist pouring a bucket of water over all of it.
Asked about Jakob Pelletier’s NHL debut, Coach Buzzkill decided to put on a show.
“Jakob Pelletier,” he repeated while putting on his glasses and grabbing the game sheet.
“What number is he?”
He then proceeded to read out all of No. 49’s stats, which included just under seven minutes of ice time, 43 seconds of it on the powerplay, one shot on goal and one hit.
No smile, no acknowledgement of how special it must have been and no cursory congratulation.
“It’s the NHL,” he spat.
“21 years old. Long ways to go.”
below, watch Sutter discuss Pelletier's game...