Last night the twitter world was rocked with a gem of a story by former Penguins player Paul Bissonnette. Biz Nasty doesn't have almost 750,000 twitter followers for no reason.
Nello Ferrara has the greatest Hockey DB in the history of the game. Not even close.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) August 4, 2016
Wait, who?/goes to HockeyDB
Well, that certainly is a lot of teams, years and 0 in stat columns.
The legendary story of the hockey player Nello Ferrara. This guy didn't play hockey for 6 years coming out of a cup of coffee in the USHL.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) August 4, 2016
At this point pull up a chair and some popcorn, you just know it's going to get good.
After his 6 year hiatus he would find pro teams riddled with injury & call them pretending to be an agent and get himself jobs playing.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) August 4, 2016
That's like the American dream right there. Some crappy player just taking advantage of a situation and angling himself in to get to play. And, if you look above old Nello never, ever plays for the same team 2 seasons in a row (or ever again)...And rarely for more than a handful of games too.
Nello had cups of coffee ON 20 PRO HOCKEY TEAMS. 20. This man should have a statue. He played 11 years pro technically. He's an inspiration.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) August 4, 2016
At this point other professional hockey players started chiming in as well, like Brandon Bollig now of the Carolina Hurricanes.
@BizNasty2point0 He's a complete savage to skate with in the summer. Shit you read about. Great guy tho.— Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87) August 4, 2016
And then fellow former Penguin Colby Armstrong, hardly surprising a character like him met Nello once.
I met him by chance one day @BizNasty2point0. Seemed like a real weapon. He had the most cups of coffee playing ever. Wow!! Amazing!!— Colby Armstrong (@armdog) August 4, 2016
Current Penguin player Ian Cole also knows about Nello and seems like he's skated with him at some point in time, which makes geographic sense being as Cole is from Michigan and went to Notre Dame, while Nello's hometown is listed on hockeydb as nearby Chicago.
Nello's been out of hockey for 2 full seasons and is now 40 years old, but hey if injuries strike a dedicated player waits in the wings if any team needs his services.
Hey it's summer. Is August over yet?