Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 08/24/11 at 03:18 PM ET
Brad May talks to Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca about being a fighter in the NHL, reflecting on Derek Boogaard and others:
The big day finally arrived Oct. 14, 2007. It was an afternoon game (5 p.m. start) in Anaheim and May said the four days leading up to that contest—to the inevitable showdown with Boogaard—were a living hell.
“We played on a Wednesday so I had all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday and most of Sunday to think about this fight I was going to have with Boogaard,” he said. “I knew it was coming. I had heard a saying that goes, ‘The anticipation of death is worse than death itself,’ and I know that to be true. It wasn’t a good place to be. I had to sleep with the lights on.”
May said the impending fight reeked havoc on his life.
“My mood was affected,” he said. “I was really short with everybody; irritable and frustrated. I still had to live my life, practise and pick up the kids from school, but at the end of the day everybody knew I was uncomfortable.
“On the Saturday morning before the fight my wife, Brigette, said, ‘What’s wrong with you? You’ve basically been an ass the past few days.’ I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I’m going to the slaughter tomorrow and nobody seems to care.’ She said, ‘I have the perfect song for you. It’s by U2: Sunday Blood Sunday.’ It was pretty funny.
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