It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Matt Luff!
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…it’s Matt Luff! This young man is certainly establishing his own personal legend as a hero for the Hamilton Bulldogs in this inaugural OHL season. 16 points in his last eight games played, for a respectable 2.00 PTS/G average. Some would qualify Luff’s plays as of late as his finding a new gear, others might simply be under the impression he’s currently in beast mode. Either way, somebody’s gotta get this kid a cape, because he’s been a Hamilton superhero over the last two weeks.
Luff is finding his stride and getting a hot hand at the perfect moment for the organization, for two reasons. When Luff scored two goals against the Niagara IceDogs in front of the largest crowd that Hamilton has had this season, all 9462 screaming children during the school day game, he potentially helped create a catalyst for the new fan base. Then, he netted his first OHL hat-trick, along with a gorgeous set up on Petti’s shorthanded goal in front of 7163 fans against the Kitchener Rangers, in a most enduring fashion with the final breakaway GWG. If there is ever a time to create a lasting impression, it’s before the two largest crowds of the season.
During the second intermission, I got a chance to discuss the success of their line as of late with AM 900’s play by play commentator Matt Holmes and post game reporter Luke Vermeer. They do most of the talking as they’re really good at this radio thing. Collectively we come to the conclusion that one of the biggest factors as to why the Bulldog’s first line is clicking so well might simply be that they’re having a lot of fun while playing together. Really, what more could hockey fans ask of their team?
Check out some of the awesome Luff photos taken by the Bulldogs’ photographer Brandon Taylor, and the Hamilton Spectator’s Gary Yokoyama in the slider below.