This story by the NY Times seen below is absolutely chilling regarding the story of 6 foot 7 enforcer Derek Boogaard and his unfortunate demise at the hands of fighting. I love hockey and what it represents despite never playing the game aside from the afternoon road hockey games back in Canada. You know the toughness and the grit that comes with being an enforcer but more often than not, the reprecussions aren’t really something (as a fan) you worry too much about. Now that the mounting scientific evidence comes out, I wonder how this will affect the side sport of enforcing and fighting in hockey.
Seeing and hearing a lot of friends growing up playing hockey in hopes of make it to the NHL, it’s both a fascinating and sad the extent people will go to. I mean that’s the power of hockey knowing that somebody is willing to battle multiple times a night to get a coveted spot. The power of sports not just in hockey but globally has this immensley powerful impact, it’s just sad for some, the reward is a costly one.
If you’re a sports fan (regardless of whether the NHL interests you or not), take the time to read this. It has definite carry-over to another highly combative sport and the NFL.
Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer