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from Mike Ives of the New York Times,
Taking the ice here on a recent weekday evening, Barry Beck issued an unsubtle warning to a fellow skater who had come to play hockey without neck protection.
“If you don’t have a neck guard, this is what you get,” he said, miming an attack. “A judo chop.”
In the 1980s, Beck, 59, was known throughout the N.H.L. as an enforcer with a crushing slap shot and a penchant for scrappy fights and bone-crushing body checks.
But here in a Hong Kong shopping mall, Beck, a former Rangers captain, was goading a 10-year-old about a quarter of his size — and the boy did not flinch. They both laughed.
Players and coaches say Beck, a 6-foot-3 defenseman who moved to Hong Kong in 2007, has played a key role in developing the city’s youth hockey culture. He is primarily known not as an ex-enforcer, they said, but as a hockey oracle who dishes wisdom with tough love and a side of Canadian wit.
from Hong Kong News,
While ice hockey is hugely popular in North America and Europe, only now, with the advent of indoor rinks, is it catching on in Hong Kong. And the arrival of former NHL star Barry Beck through the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is sure to write a new page in local ice hockey history.
He believes Hong Kong could compete in the Winter Olympics by strengthening its youth hockey training scheme.
“[There are] many intelligent players. They can learn quickly, so we are able to compete well. We have to continue to work on our youth programme. We might be able to get into the Winter Olympics,” he said.