By Dave Nordman
© 2007 Worcester Telegram & Gazette
WORCESTER, Mass. — Marc Busenburg of Shrewsbury will never forget the last hockey game he played here, and not because it was one of the most exciting at the DCU Center in years.
Busenburg actually missed the first period of the Worcester Sharks’ 7-6 shootout victory over the Hershey Bears on March 16, but not because he overslept or missed the team bus. A late winter snowstorm was to blame.
The story, like Busenburg’s career, is long and almost as colorful.
When one of its defensemen was injured the previous night, Hershey recalled Busenburg from its ECHL affiliate in Charleston, S.C. He was on the first flight for Boston, but it was delayed more than an hour. Then, after waiting another 90 minutes for his luggage, the town car assigned to pick him up began the slow trip west.
Too slow, in fact, for Busenburg, who was told via cell phone that there would be equipment and a jersey waiting for him in the Bears’ locker room. So he called his former Shrewsbury High teammate Dave Samara, who, like the State Police and Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli, intercepted the town car on the Mass. Pike and brought him the rest of the way.
Busenburg was in uniform with four minutes left in the first period, but didn’t skate his first shift until after intermission. He almost scored on his first shot and finished with an assist. Worcester’s Mike Iggulden had the only goal of the shootout.