"He's playing great, and he saves us money in equipment repair," says Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice. "The guy's a bargain."
A Sturgeon Scrubs Up
Al Michalak was pumping water from a shallow pond on his Curtice, Ohio, fish farm not long ago when he spotted a huge sturgeon that had no business among the tiny panfish swimming near it. Michalak wrestled the dazed five-foot, 50-pound sturgeon into an oxygenated minnow tank, and revived it by cleaning mud from its mouth and running water over its gills. He then called in David Davies of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, who gave the fish an I.D. tag and released it into Sandusky Bay.
"A mystery," Davies called the fish-out-of-deep-water story. What made the survival of the fish—which is middle-aged by sturgeon standards—most remarkable was the time it spent in water more suitable for guppies. How long? Farmer Michalak recalls receiving a 12-inch sturgeon from a fisherman—33 years ago.