Tennis star Rachel Stuhlmann attended an NHL game this past week between the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues.
Stuhlmann has been developing a reputation for herself over the past year as the Paige Spiranac of tennis, and it seems to be working wonders for her star power.
As Stuhlmann was trying to take in the game, one overeager NHL cameraman simply could not stop zooming in on her.
The video largely speaks for itself:
Cameraman thinks he slick 🤨 pic.twitter.com/xAMou59kFI
— Blues Buzz (@bluesbuzzblog) January 11, 2023
Sports fans have seen this kind of thing before, most recently when an ESPN cameraman couldn’t keep his priorities straight at a college basketball game.
As such, the reactions to this particular incident flowed quite naturally.
They should put a live feed camera on Rick Bowness on the Dallas bench for all Dallas home games. My Favorite is when the Blues go there!
— Captslappy (@JBdragon76) January 12, 2023
Cameraman needs a raise
— Jason Hogan (@jmhz84) January 11, 2023
Is she up?
— Patdrunk Maroon (@Patty3Rings) January 11, 2023
Not all hero’s wear capes
— Jared Dooley (@Jdools06) January 11, 2023
Director called for the shot, dipped in for just long enough and then punched out.
Professionalism at its finest.
— Grant Bissell (@GrantBissellSTL) January 11, 2023
Hey, give him credit; he scored a pair last night.
— Richard Watkins (@RichardStLMO) January 11, 2023
Stuhlmann herself was a really good sport about what transpired as well.
There they are. I mean there I am. https://t.co/sh2N15HgkW
— Rachel Stuhlmann (@rstuhlmann) January 11, 2023
The funny thing here is that this is something of a common thing at NHL games. Who could forget last year, when a woman behind the Dallas Stars bench captured the hearts of a nation?
Now that’s how you celebrate a birthday. https://t.co/vW9dUu28jt
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 13, 2023
Hockey has often struggled to capture mainstream attention, but they may have inadvertently stumbled onto a winning strategy here.
Will the league invite Stuhlmann out more often given the hubbub her presence at this particular outing raised?
Time will tell.