The Boogeyman: The NHL's heavyweight king
When HockeyDirt handed out their mid-season awards last week, I was a tad disappointed in hockey blogdom after seeing my pick for the Tough Guy Award dwarfted by Brian McGrattan.
Surely more of us have seen Derek 'The Boogeyman' Boogaard throw a few this season?
So, anyway, tonight when Ottawa and Minnesota met for the first time since these two big fellaz have been in the league, well, you knew no one cared about the game's score. Playoff race? Psschaw! — not when there's a heavyweight title at stake here.
boys in Alberta don't agree with me, but Boogey did a Kamloops boy well tonight when he one punched wee Mr. McGrattan. Goodnight. (Video evidence here)
In terms of offensive wizardry, Boogey has more goals than Laraque and McGrattan combined and he's but a mere 23-year-old rookie. He has also yet to fully grow into his 6-foot-7, 270 pound frame. Let's see LeGGy tackle Boogey in his fully hulked out, 320-pound size. Just paint him green and give him Jennifer Connelly as his love interest (but scrap the psycho Nick Nolte as father sidebar).
Speaking of Laraque, through 43 games, he's fought four times. He's pulling up the rear on such famed fighters as Steven Goertzen, Tom Kostopoulos and Jeremy Stevenson. Quick LeGGy — 5-foot-11 Brenden Morrow is catching up to ye!
Unlike professional boxing, you can't win any titles in the NHL without fighting. So, until LeGGy puts away his oven mitts and quits tending to his casserole (he must be doing something in that 6:16 minute span he's on the ice each game), Boogey reigns supreme.
Fear. The. Boogey.