For most athletes, getting your own bobblehead means you have made it. For minor league hockey player Greg Amadio his toughness on the ice and support among fans earned him that honor. On Saturday, the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins will be giving away Amadio bobbleheads. Only problem is Amadio won’t be there… he was traded two months ago.
Unfortunately for Amadio and the Griffins, making a replica miniature statue takes longer than one would think, and the marketing department already ordered the bobbleheads before Amadio was traded to the Springfield Falcons.
“We were looking at the whole schedule printed out and the special event nights and it said, ‘March 31, Greg Amadio Bobblefist Night’ and I started to laugh,” Amadio told MLive.com “I went into the office and asked if they were serious and they said, yeah, and they’re already being made. I was really surprised.”
Amadio’s bobblehead will be unlike any other, not just because he no longer plays on the team but because it will have moving fists instead of a bouncing head. While with the Griffins, Amadio had 574 penalty minutes in 207 games in Grand Rapids.