Spiking a football may have cost Rob Gronkowski $7,500, but spiking a hockey puck could earn him that money back.
Worcester Sharks president Michael A. Mudd announced that the team will offer to reimburse Gronkowski that amount to spike a ceremonial puck prior to the Sharks' game against the Providence Bruins on Feb. 24 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
"The Sharks would be more than happy to reimburse Gronkowski to spike the puck before a Worcester Sharks game," Mudd said. "Sharks fans are Patriots fans and I know that they would enjoy watching Gronkowski show us how to properly spike a puck at center ice and sign some autographs. I hope Rob takes us up on the offer."
The New England tight end was fined by the league this past week for emphatically spiking the ball in the end zone following a 5-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter of Sunday night's game against the Jets. The spike also resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Gronkowski already said that he plans to continue spiking the ball after scoring. Given the authority of his spikes, he might put the puck through the ice. Wouldn't that be something?