Kaspars Daugavins was drafted 91 overall in the 2006 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He moved from his native Latvia to Toronto and joined the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL. Failing to make the playoffs with Toronto, the Ottawa Senators assigned Daugavins to their AHL team, the Binghamton Senators.

After helping to win the 2010–11 AHL Calder Cup with the Binghamton Senators, Kaspars Daugavins moved up to the big club where he became a regular in the Ottawa lineup. Popular with teammates and fans, he finished the season with 11 points in 65 games.

The strong left winger excels on the penalty kill and is tough along the boards. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Daugavins has been playing for Dinamo Riga of the KHL as well as represented Latvia again at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

A running joke Tuesday was that Kaspars Daugavins was a leading candidate to become the new Pope.

After all, his name was everywhere you turned on the Internet. Hockey traditionalists were outraged at Daugavins, suggesting the Ottawa Senators left winger broke some type of Cardinal sin within the hockey world for his unique shootout attempt in Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Welcome to the cyberspace spotlight, Kaspars Daugavins.

For a guy who has scored exactly zero goals in 17 games this season, the Senators fourth line winger was trending all over the hockey world late Monday night and early Tuesday morning for his unique – and ultimately failed – shootout attempt during the Senators’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins.