Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The First Rule of NHL Fight Club...

How proud the NHL must be to know one of its players has been hosting a camp that instructs kids as young as 12 how to physically decimate their opponents with their fists. This story was written by Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.

In addition to providing that oh-so-valuable life lesson in common assault, the second “Derek Boogaard Fighting Camp”, held last week in the Minnesota Wild enforcer’s home province of Saskatchewan, also gives the kiddies T-shirts “splotched with blood-red dye,” according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Awwwww. Cute. But I think Boogaard hasn’t gone far enough. He should be demonstrating what ambulance rides to a hospital’s intensive care unit feel like. The tykes ought to know how it feels to have reconstructive surgery on their orbital bones. And there’s got to be enough room in the curriculum for showing campers how to push aside their consciences, as well as how to live with the long-term, physical effects that follow when you pummel other human beings for a living.

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