Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/04/07 at 12:18 AM ET
Q & A with Derek Boogaard, from the Star-Tribune,
Q Do you like fighting?
A Oh, yeah. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be doing it. You can’t sit there and just do something. You have to have a passion for what you do. There has to be intensity. If that’s not in your fighting, you’re going to get hurt or beat badly a lot. ... You have to know when to turn off the switch and flip on the switch. It comes with age, just like anything. Gabby [Wild winger Marian Gaborik] is faster than he was when he was 18. It’s just the way it is.
Q Why do you think it is still a viable part of the NHL game?
A It’s always been a part of the game, and if you try to take it out ... I mean, they’re putting little rules in and stuff like that where they’re trying to “ix-nay” it, but I think it would be bad for the game. You would see a lot of high-sticking. Guys won’t respect each other as much. A lot of stuff that’s not good.
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