Saturday, June 9, 2007

The Boogaards Like Teaching Kids How to Throw Right Hooks

Learning how to jack guys up from Derek and Aaron Boogaard. Now THAT is a summer camp!
Fred Trask/

Remember every year on the first day of grade school when your teacher would ask the class what it did on summer vacation? This year, about 30 kids from Regina, Saskatchewan are going to have one heck of a story to tell.

"This summer, some NHL players taught me how to throw a right hook and protect myself on the ice," they might say.

Two NHL brothers, Derek (Minnesota Wild) and Aaron Boogard (Pittsburgh Penguins) are showing kids exactly how to do that. They are holding a training camp for kids between the ages of 12 and 18 that teaches the kids how to fight and protect themselves on the ice. To outside observers, the brothers may sound a little nuts, but they don't see it that way.

"The people who say this is a bad thing - because it's going to happen - just tell them to cool it, relax, sit back and watch (what he's teaching)," said Derek Boogaard. "It's not a bad example. A bad example is letting a kid go out there and fight and get himself hurt. This is to protect the kids, bottom line."

Personally, I can't wait to see the kids present this to their classes for show and tell. I imagine it would end with someone getting their shirt pulled over their head and taking some punches to the stomach. Now that's how you do show and tell!

Watch and learn, kids. This is how you get a sick rep in the NHL:

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