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Viel Goes Wrong Way During NHL Debut Solo Warm-Up Lap

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Well, that’s literally the wrong way to start your NHL career.

Jeffrey Viel took the ice before the rest of the San Jose Sharks players during warm-ups – it was the traditional NHL debut solo lap – and he went the wrong way.

“Yeah, we got it on video,” Erik Karlsson smiled. “I’m sure we’re all gonna watch it tomorrow and have a good laugh about it.”

Viel explained: “That’s my old Barracuda warm-up. We usually go the other way from where we came on. I thought that was pretty funny. The guys gave me a hard time about it.

“I didn’t really look at [the Wild players], to be honest. I just tried to go the right way as soon as possible as soon as I realized that I was going the wrong way.”

Everything else, more or less, went right for Viel and the San Jose Sharks tonight. Viel won his first NHL fight against Luke Johnson and the Sharks pulled out a 4-3 shootout victory over the Wild.

It certainly won’t be a day that Viel ever forgets.

“This morning, I actually just found out, I saw it on the screen,” the newest San Jose Sharks player said, of when he found out that he was making his NHL debut. “I talked to all my family and friends and got a lot of messages. I haven’t looked at all of them. But yeah, they were really happy for me.”

Hopefully next time, he remembers which way to go during warm-ups!

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