2011-12 Year-End Review: Joel Rechlicz

Photo credit: Kyle Mace at Sweetest Hockey on Earth

There are some players who didn’t get a chance to make an impact on the ice with the Caps this year, whether through limited opportunity, injury, or otherwise. That isn’t going to stop us from giving them a disproportionate amount of words, though, because we do what we want.

Joel Rechlicz only played three games with the Capitals this year, but he brought his larger-than-life presence with him, got us talking about his wooden sticks and his ambidextrous punching, and about the changing role of the pure enforcer in the NHL. We are a bit disappointed that we never got to see him fight, but it’s good to know that he is there should the need for violence ever arise.

Cap Hit: $525,000. Rechlicz will be UFA on July 1st.

Milestones: This year, Rechlicz played his first game with the Caps, and also joined twitter!

Best Moment: Getting called up for the first time in over two years.

Best Hershey Moment: Fighting Myles Stoesz in defense of teammate Cody Eakin.

Or this fantastic minute-plus bout with Ryan Schnell of the WBS Penguins.

Things We Said About Joel Rechlicz: “Oh, Joel Rechlicz got called up! Someone must need to be punched in the face.”

Media Consensus: “Wait, why is he here?”

Spirit Animal: The Aggressively Forward Bearded Iris.

Alternate Universe Superhero Identity: Recker

Team Role: Puncher of offending faces.

Execution of that Role: Rechlicz unfortunately did not get the opportunity to punch Rene Bourque’s face, which was the face we most wished to see punched. His Beowulf-esque heroic boasts worked too effectively in this instance.

Beard Rating: Joel’s follicular strength and skill is beyond dispute. Ten out of ten.

Usefulness in a Post-Apocalyptic Setting: It is possible that Joel Rechlicz is the optimal post-apocalyptic companion. We might even take him over Brooks Laich.

Overall Year-End Rating: Two out of two fists.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005713165 Pat Magee

    He is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet too!

    My favorite hershey moment of the guy is when he skated by the phantom’s (flyer’s) bench and gave em a “BOO!”. Watching them all jump in terror was amazing.

  • AKA

    Not that it isn’t nice to hear about Rechlicz, but what ever happened to John Erskine? Did he really, really, REALLY piss you off or something?