Jared Nightingale is the ‘Crash Davis’ of minor league hockey

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(ROSEMONT, IL) --Jared Nightingale has played more than 600 games for 14 different teams in his 11 year pro career.

"I've lived in a hotel a few years, last year I played on six different teams," says the 33-year-old journeyman. "There's definitely those days, like probably a lot of jobs, where you question where you're headed. I think that's okay."

Nightingale may be headed to a different locker room every year (sometimes many different wins per season), but he has never stopped grinding.

His perseverance has led teammates to call him "Crash Davis" from the movie Bull Durham. Crash famously had a "cup of coffee" in the Major Leagues. Nightingale is still waiting for his shot at the NHL.

"Honestly I've always said I want one game. It's been my dream, but I'm fighting to stay in the American League, so there are still hurdles," Nightingale said.

Nightingale has stayed in the pros so long for his professionalism, says Chicago Wolves head coach John Anderson.

"People keep calling him back because he does such a great job," Anderson said.

Nightingale also made his career from his physicality. He has amassed 1450 penalty minutes, including a career-high 204 in the 2010-'11 season.

He played 31 games for Anderson and the Wolves this season. But with their season ending on Saturday, Nightingale's previous team, the Toledo Walleye, brought him back for their ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Another pit stop on the "Night"-ingale train toward the NHL.

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