Michigan in Hamilton: Bulldogs forward George Diaco scores highlight reel goal in blowout win


Published January 17, 2022 at 9:50 am

Hamilton Bulldogs forward George Diaco pulled off "The Michigan" against the visiting Kingston Frontenacs with time winding down in the first period and the game tied at one. 

The Hamilton Bulldogs beat up on the Frontenacs at FirstOntario Centre Sunday (Jan. 16), beating Kingston 8-1.

There may have been nine total goals in the contest but it’s the marker scored by Hamilton’s George Diaco getting all of the attention.

The five-foot-seven winger pulled off “The Michigan” with time winding down in the first period and the game tied at one.

Diaco took full advantage of a bouncing puck behind the Frontenacs goal by lifting it up onto his stick blade and tucking it short side over the right shoulder of Leevi Merilainen.


The Michigan got its name after Mike Legg scored his famous tying goal on March 24, 1996, in an NCAA Tournament matchup between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Legg’s goal was something the vast majority of fans had never seen.

Since then, it’s replicated on numerous occasions with Diaco being the latest to complete the feat.


The Hamilton Bulldogs next head off on a five-game road trip, beginning with a rematch against the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday at Leon’s Centre in Kingston.

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