Brawling With Boogaard for Beginners
“The main thing is I’m not teaching them how to hurt each other,” Derek insists. “I’m showing them how to protect themselves - where to hold, where to grab and, if you’re in trouble, what to do.
“I’m not saying they’re not going to get hurt if they fight. It’s just a little insurance to help them out.”
There are quotes from parents who enrolled their children in the camp, a mention of mostly negative local reaction, and Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press lets us know that the other Boogaard brother, forum regular Ryan, is the little one in the family, standing at “only” 6’2”.
Derek goes on to make a prediction about the direction of fighting in the NHL:
“The way the league’s going, they’re signing everyone back that fought before because they saw what Anaheim did all year long and in the playoffs,” Derek said. “They just pushed everyone around. Fans were excited after the lockout because it was such a fast game. It was, but then it got boring.
“(Fighting) is coming back. I’m excited for the season.”
Update: Michael Russo, of the Star Tribune, also has a piece on the Boogaards fight camp:
Two years into his NHL career, Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard is already a phenomenon.
Boogaard’s YouTube fight clips are legendary and have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Fans flock to hockeyfights.com to vote on the outcome of his brouhahas.