Yesterday, the boys at Spittin’ Chiclets released footage of their 19th edition of the Sandbagger Invitational from Granite Links golf course in Quincy, MA. The summer round of golf featured Vegas’ Jack Eichel and Calgary’s Noah Hanifin.
While the round of golf was recorded months ago, the fans got an exclusive look into a day at the course with the two current NHL’ers and SC stars Paul Bissonette, Ryan Whitney, and Rear Admiral. It’s incredibly entertaining but make sure to keep the kiddos away, there were more f-bombs on the course than a two-hour SinBin podcast.
From the first tee box, Eichel and Hanifin were struggling to keep up. The Chiclets pair took a two-hole lead after Eichel missed a crucial five-foot putt. It was around then that nips of Pink Whitney were passed around to all four golfers.
The greens are a little faster than I thought, huh? We’re at a public track. I didn’t know we were playing Augusta. – Jack Eichel
It wasn’t until the fourth hole that the tournament began to tighten, and it all began with a superb tee shot by the Golden Knights’ alternate captain.
At one point on the front nine, Eichel was in line to take the hole for his team with an almost impossible long-distance putt. While trying not to distract him, a whispering Bissonette and Whitney wrote VGK’s forward off. Seconds later, they remembered an extremely important detail.
Whitney: If he puts this putt inside of yours from f*cking 40 yards I don’t know what to say.
Bissonette: I’ll be shocked. He is a Stanley Cup champion though. Never doubt a Stanley Cup champion.
Whitney: Yeah but, Barbashev kind of carried him.
Unfortunately, the Stanley Cup hero came up short on the green.
The Cup champion made up for it on the eighth hole when he drove his ball closest to the tee. Surprisingly to the group, Eichel declared golf a summer activity. Even though he resides in Las Vegas and has teammates that live on the course. Come October, the ice sheet is Eichel’s only focus.
Bissonette: You don’t golf a lot in Vegas?
Eichel: No, I don’t play at all during the year. I think it f*cks your hands up.
Bissonette: Oh, does it?
Eichel: I don’t know. All the boys play.
Bissonette: Stoner’s playing…
Eichel: Stoney didn’t play much at all last year because of his back.
Whitney: Isn’t he really good too?
Eichel: Yeah. I played last week with him and Stevie, these guys just play a different game. Stephenson, he’ll go out with a pair of rentals and shoot 60.
Whitney: He’s that good?
Eichel: Yeah, I think Stevie might be the best on our team. Stevie and Stoney. Stoney’s gross.
After falling four holes behind, Eichel started to show some of his competitive frustration. The Spittin’ Chiclets crew were quick to point it out.
Whitney: I think these guys are pretty good, but the cameras go on and sometimes it’s a different ball game.
Bissonette: Eichel is not ready for the bright lights.
Whitney: He chucked the ball in the goddamn quarry.
Mid-round Eichel took a few questions from a visibly buzzed Rear Admiral.
RA noted the Golden Knights run to the finals was seemingly easier than expected. Being the good sportsman that he is, Eichel credited the teams they eliminated en route to the organization’s first Stanley Cup.
RA: You guys had a nice run to the Stanley Cup Final and weren’t challenged at all. You were never on the verge of losing. What was the toughest part for you guys to get through?
Eichel: Well, Edmonton was good. It was all tough. I think we had a great team, but it was all tough. Every series was hard, every series presented its own challenges. We had a lot of confidence in ourselves. Coming back after losing 4-1 to Edmonton on the road. We knew how important Game 5 was. If we come back and win Game 5 at home, we kind of retake the series. Not saying our asses were on the line because it was only 2-2 at the time but it was still a big moment in the series. I thought that was a big moment for our team. They felt the pressure in Game 6.
RA: 26 points in 22 games, good stuff buddy.
Eichel: Thank you
Even though it was a comfortable, light interview, the nine-year veteran quickly turned off his golfing with buddies’ mode, flipped his in-season switch, and spoke like a modest Golden Knight after a 5-2 victory.
At one point both Massachusetts natives, Eichel and Hanifan were making subtle offers to the Boston Bruins.
Hanifan: I wish we were home in September, it’s so nice here.
Eichel: I was a couple of years ago when I was sitting here waiting to get traded. It was great. I could go watch the Patriots game.
Hanifan: That’s so bizarre that that happened to you.
Eichel: I was here through October. I was just chilling here.
The competition began to heat up in the back nine. Of course, Pink Whitney shots and cuss words were more abundant after the turn.
We won’t spoil the finish for Golden Knights fans because it’s definitely worth the watch. Fans will get a chance to see a looser Eichel having fun and busting chops with friends. Not to mention you’ll get a chance to hear his foul-mouthed Massachusetts accent.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.