Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/21/08 at 09:05 AM ET
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Surrounded by drug addicts, wife-beaters and other convicted felons, Mark Bell quietly picked up pieces of garbage out of the tall grass under the sweltering California summer sun.
It was, he admits, as far removed from the pampered lifestyle of the National Hockey League as you could get.
For 11 weeks this was Mark Bell’s life. Every morning, he would report to a California correctional facility to learn of that day’s assignment. It might be cleaning up litter. Or it could involve landscaping duties. Whatever dirty job he was assigned, he did it.
“It humbles you,” Bell said yesterday. “It gives you humility. More than anything else, that is probably the biggest change in me.”
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