That’s three fights in the first four seconds and a goal within the first minute. And the NHL (which put out this video) seems proud of this “record” in the game? Yes, we understand that hockey purists argue that this is “only part of the game, ” but with attendance continuing a downward trend this season, it might be time to rethink some of the “traditions” of hockey that might actually be driving away new fans . . . especially families and women. Sure, you can argue that fighting is what makes hockey, hockey, but ultimately, the question might be “Do you want a ‘pure’ sport or a dead sport?” At this rate, it looks like the NHL prefers pure.
If minor league hockey player Elgin “I’ll Have Another” Reid wasn’t already suspended from the Florida Everblades team, he will be now. Earlier this week Reid came off the bench during a hockey fight (it’s okay to fight in hockey, you just have to wait your turn) to pummel an opponent who knocked out his team captain and has been suspended by the league five games as a result. (Watch video of the brawl here.)
Apparently, Reid went out to celebrate that his little “time out” and ended up on a south Florida road at 2:45 in the morning, slumped over the wheel of his still idling pick-up truck, which the police found strangely intriguing. Not surprisingly, cops gave him a breathalyzer and the highest reading they got was .184% BAC, more than twice the legal limit of .08%. (Maybe Reid needs to start looking for detox clinics in Florida?) .
Now, that’s a lot of drinking, but no where near what Reid needed to crack the Top Twenty of the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings . . . although it does make him the “leader in the clubhouse” so far in 2011. Congratulations Elgin! Good luck making the Florida Prison Hockey Team.
Details on the story from the Naples News:
Florida Everblades defenseman Elgin Reid was arrested Tuesday morning in Punta Gorda and charged with DUI. Reid, 23, was approached by a deputy on patrol at 2:45 a.m. at the intersection of Yacht Club Boulevard and Burnt Store Road after he was spotted slumped over the wheel of his idling pick-up truck.
According to an arrest report, Reid failed a field sobriety test and two subsequent breathalyzer tests that were conducted after he was transported to the Charlotte County Jail.
Reid’s first breathalyzer test showed a blood-alcohol level of .165 and his second showed a level of .184. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Okay, except maybe you reading this right now and wishing we could still see the video.
A YouTube video that surfaced recently — and has since been removed from the popular website — depicts nine and 10-year-old hockey players posing for the camera with open bottles and cans of beer. “Here we are in the locker room, young men just having a beer,” says the cameraman. “Look at that. Love it . . . the boys are enjoying a fine beer after a hard game.”
Members of the Sask-Can 2000 atom hockey team grin and brandish open bottles and cans of Coors Light. None are actually shown drinking. The video posted to YouTube, and uncovered Thursday by CKOM radio, shows a number of the boys in the locker room being told to pose with open beers. Images from the video appeared on the blog of the executive producer of John Gormley’s radio show, Tammy Robert, and the video was subsequently removed from YouTube. It was shot several weeks ago at a tournament in Humboldt.
Lorrie Heggie, the head of the Sask-Can league, said he has been dealing with the fallout from the video since he heard about it two weeks ago. A friend of his called him and sent him a copy. “This just breaks my heart,” he said. “It’s not what Sask-Can is all about.”
Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark.