Friday, July 8, 2011

The Tomas Jurco Wannabes

We’ve all heard it a hundred times now – Tomas Jurco doesn’t want to be known as just some viral video guy. The Saint John Sea Dogs’ skilled Slovak wants to known as a good all around hockey player as well.

“On the one hand, I’m happy for it,” said Jurco of his first viral video to the Detroit Free Press. “But on the other hand, I don’t like to be called YouTube sensation. I’m trying to be good hockey player.”

Jurco, coming off an up-and-down season with Saint John, was selected 35th overall by the Detroit Red Wings during last month’s National Hockey League Entry Draft in Minnesota. He is currently attending Red Wings Development Camp in Traverse City.

Obviously the Red Wings see more in Jurco than just a YouTube star. Detroit general manager Ken Holland told The Detroit News that he has not even seen the video.

Ever since the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January - where Jurco was filmed doing some tricks in the dressing room of the Air Canada Centre – his popularity on the internet has gotten bigger. A lot of his older videos, like his unreal shootout move in Cape Breton, have over one-hundred thousand hits.

While there are now dozens of Jurco highlight packs on YouTube, there are also plenty of people that try to recreate the dazzling dangles. These are their stories.

First up, Jerry “Toms Jurco” Ennett, who labels himself “Jurco’s Son” at the start of the video.

And hey, if he doesn’t make it in the NHL there is always a career in video editing.

This kid is serious. Not even a smile during the video.

This video has over 2,600 views.

Some solid camera work here.

This is basically a commercial for Warrior products.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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