It’s not often North American fans are going to have EIHL highlights set down before them, but Chris Higgins (not the former NHLer Chris Higgins) of the Belfast Giants managed to put together two of the best passes you’re likely to see at all this season, in the same game.
WIth the first one, Higgins took a bounce off the boards from behind the net and managed to tap it between his legs behind himself for his teammate to one-time it home.
That was a pretty beautiful assist, but it’s nothing compared to the pass he made to help the Giants go up 6-2. This may be the assist of the year, closing the books before the NHL season even opens.
I’d attempt to explain it, but attempting to explain this properly would be like telling someone that the Cliff Notes for Moby Dick are just as good as the real thing.
Higgins might be a bit familiar to college hockey fans. He spent his college career with Boston University before bouncing around the ECHL and taking one short stint with the Syracuse Crunch.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.