Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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.

Sure, the 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.


At 9:01 a.m., January 17, 2006, Blogger Robert said...

Glad to hear mcGratten got his butt beat.Im tired of the Senators and tired of McGratten skating around like he was the best tough guy in the league.

At 10:05 a.m., January 17, 2006, Blogger ninja said...

It was great fight, but I'd have to say McGratton was pounding him until that one final punch.

At 3:13 p.m., January 17, 2006, Anonymous the nick said...

He might have gotten punched more, but he hurt McGratton with his punch. Look at his fights through out the season and you will see him dropping people with that right frequently.

At 8:49 p.m., January 17, 2006, Anonymous swabbubba said...

Well OK, I will disagree once again. Until they step up they are pretenders. George broke the Calgary Tough guys face in preseason. Hard to get dance partners now. Mcgratton did not make a calling on Saturday night. So this leaves the Booger Man to get his nose massaged on the 10th of Feb. If he does not make the offer then he will still be a pretender.


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