Causing a stir
Billy Tibbetts = controversial in any language
I honestly have no clue what they're talking about, but there have been more than 300 replies in a thread that was started a little less than seven hours ago. My guess is Tibbetts has arrived to play in Finland, and as is the case wherever he goes, a familiar debate about his past is taking place — in Finnish. (And a link to my site means, for the first time ever, the majority of visitors here today are from Finland. "Tervetuloa!" to you, newcomers.)
If anyone has more information — or can translate a little — please feel free to drop me an email.
UPDATE Well, that was quick. Finnish readers, to the rescue...
It turns out that Tibbetts has, indeed, signed on with HPK Hämeenlinna in the Finnish elite league, and his presence there has the hockey community in a bit of a huff.
Here's an email from Ilkka: "The conversation was at first mostly about how Tibbets is playing and that kind of stuff. We discussed about the stats and how he would help the team. Btw the team HPK where he is coming won the cup last year. The talking was nice and analyzing but then someone drew the rape card from sleeve..... Now the conversation has become mostly moralizing and arguing about how bad fellow he is and that kind of stuff."
Tero has a few more thoughts: "Nobody here in Finland knows what has really happened, but still many people are judging him and don't want to see him playing here. And some want to almost kill him. And all this before they have ever seen him playing. There's not much speculation of his role in HPK or his playing skills."
And people thought North American hockey fans were tough.
My sincere thanks to Ilkka, Tero and their other countrymen who sent messages. Such a friendly bunch these Finns — I can't wait to visit there at some point.