CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Charlottetown Islanders forward Cam Askew has the Hulkster pulling for him in an online contest.
Wresting icon Hulk Hogan sent his support on Twitter on Wednesday as Askew is in the CIBC CHL Showdown for his highlight-reel goal Saturday in the final game of the regular season against the Moncton Wildcats.
https://t.co/O7jOpb6oSK. Vote for my Hulkamanic Cam brother,because Camamania is runnin wild on the ice brother!!!! HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 21, 2018
Askew’s girlfriend is Alana Leslie, who is the daughter of Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake and Hogan is her godfather. Askew and Leslie are both from Boston and have been dating for four years.
“He’s definitely a guy of huge stature,” Askew admitted of the connection with the Hulkster. “I haven’t met him yet, I am hoping to do so this summer, but it’s definitely pretty cool.”
This isn't the first time Hogan has lent his support to Askew.
A year ago, he made a similar post when the forward was in the #QSocial campaign.
“After he tweeted I had over a million hashtags, so I guess it kind of helped and I ended up winning. He was a pretty big part of it, I guess,” Askew admitted.
This year’s online contest pits one play from each of the three Canadian hockey leagues with fans choosing the best one.
Askew’s goal came with five minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday’s contest with the Isles clinging to a 3-2 lead.
Askew said it was a bit of a broken play where he hopped on the ice and took a pass from Sullivan Sparkes, who had received the puck from Derek Gentile.
“Right away I was going to shoot it and then I saw a guy go down and try to block the shot,” Askew explained. “I just kind of kept waiting. I knew the goalie was going to come out a bit and then he did. I just kind of tucked it around him.”
The Islanders went on to win the game and finish the regular season with a pair of home victories heading into the playoffs.
“It’s definitely a special goal for me — my 100th goal (in the league),” Askew said. “It was a big goal in the game, too.”
Askew was acquired Jan. 2 from the Shawinigan Cataractes.
The Islanders traded for the overage forward to provide scoring, size and playoff experience. He has been in the league for five years, accumulating 100 goals, 118 assists and 200 penalty minutes in 327 regular season games. He also has played 49 playoff games, including scoring six times and having nine points in 16 games for Moncton in 2016.
Askew had six goals in 31 games with the Isles, but two of them came last weekend, including the overtime winner to cap off a four-goal comeback against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday night. He said the finish has him and his team confident with their game heading to the post-season.