Saturday 20 January 2018

Video: NBC commentator compares Ice Hockey goal to hurling move

Hurling has grown its global appeal to the point where American sports commentators are referencing it off-the-cuff.

A NBC commentator describing the action during the New York Rangers 2-0 win at the Washington Capitals last week described Ryan Callahan's goal as a "hurling play".

Callahan flicked the puck and struck it in mid-are to the back of the net as Henry Shefflin would do.

Unfortunately for Callahan he suffered an injury that many hurlers would be accustomed to later in the game... a broken thumb.

It's more evidence of the growing recognition of hurling as one of the great sporting disciplines in the world.

Following the incredible game that was the All-Ireland final replay between Clare and Cork, the Guardian newspaper hailed the 'ancient Irish' game of hurling as a beacon of sporting courage and commitment.

In it's editorial section, the publication heaped praise on hurling's "sporting combatants playing for love not money" and chastised the Premier League for being "soiled with prima dona antics".

It called on the GAA to make DVD copies of the thrilling 5-16 to 3-16 All-Ireland final victory for Clare available so that sporting fans across the globe can marvel at "arguably the fastest contact sport played on grass".

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