Not too long ago, a pair of ping-pong tables showed up outside the hallway between the locker rooms.
And it took, give or take, five minutes for them to become a source of competition among our players.
Almost every day after practice, you are bound to see players strutting their skills on the tables. Some players are admittedly, better than others. And one always walks in the line of fire trying to pass as points are going on.
If you don’t watch your head, you may get Kronwalled.
“We got a couple games with top-ranked players,” unofficial Red Wings Table Tennis league commissioner Jiri Hudler explained.
“Ty Conklin, Danny Cleary. High level ping pong right here. It doesn’t get any better.”
Hudler was “refereeing” the Conklin vs. Cleary match. The players were ranked third and fourth in the league, respectively, and their battle was for third place in the league.
“You can’t move up the ladder without beating the guy in front of you,” Patrick Eaves said.
Hudler proclaimed Eaves as the team’s most prolific ping pong player. He pointed out Eaves carrying his own paddle — and a case for it.
“Eveyone’s having fun out here. We’re not superstars or anything,” Eaves said, shying away from attention.
“Everyone’s about the same, so it’s fun.”
One guy was paying a little extra attention to Thursday’s ping-pong activity was Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, who seemed to get a kick out of watching some of his old players in a relaxed, but competitive setting.