Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 12/06/11 at 05:00 PM ET
Why is it cool to boo Dany Heatley? I get why Sens fans do it. To the best of their knowledge, he dissed them. But the rest of us? San Jose? What did he do to us? Lots of rinks around the NHL boo Dany Heatley, for reasons hard to discern. I’ve asked, but the reasons people give me (people other than Sens fans) don’t hold water anymore, if they ever did.
As far as I can tell, it’s just trendy, people don’t ask why. Most of those rinks never had him on their team. I think San Jose should have a reason to boo him, not just do it like a jerk reflex.
He cost the Sharks a lot, not only in cap space. The Sharks traded Milan Michalek for him:
Still, few Sharks fans in the Bay Area shed many tears when he was shipped to Ottawa along with Jonathan Cheechoo for Dany Heatley, then thought to be the player that would put the Sharks over the top. -Sharks Talk
Fans were sorry to see Cheechoo go, and regretted losing Michalek as well. Heatley had a big burden of sentiment and sense to shoulder. He didn’t put the Sharks over the top. He didn’t win a cup for us, and all these years later, Michalek is burning up the scoring charts. Boo who?
Now Heatley isn’t costing the Sharks a nickle, and I don’t hear Sharks fans booing Michalek for being traded away and failing to fail for evermore. Why not? Don’t remember him well enough to boo him? If fans like to boo so much, I would think they’d grab any reason to do so. Wouldn’t want Winnipeg to have all the fun.
Heatley didn’t ask to leave, he got sent away, but there were a whole lot of Sharks fans who did ask for him to be sent packing. I don’t know what they have to boo about now.
Heatley never said anything to imply he wasn’t happy and grateful to work and live in SJ. He didn’t make insulting statements about a whole hockey community without any basis for an opinion at all. (Bryz earned that. He can take a bag of extra sticks to give away every time he goes to Winnipeg, and he will still be booed. Sorry, Bryz, engage brain before speaking.)
Heatley didn’t say anything bad about being sent to Minny. He didn’t go hide on an island and refuse to talk to the press for days when he got the news he’d been traded during a 20 second window in his no trade clause. (Maybe that’s unfair to Carter. Maybe he was nursing a broken foot. Poor Carter.) Heatley’s dealt with lots worse, really serious grief. He didn’t freak out even if he was surprised and his feelings were hurt. Now he’s doing his job, he’s working hard. What’s to boo?
Did Heatley insult his teammates? Did he say the black armor unis were boring? Did he go around town kicking dogs? Is it because he won’t join Twitter? If you were Dany Heatley, would you?
You think he didn’t work hard enough here? Why didn’t you boo him then, when that would or could have hurt your team? What’s to boo now? Would booing your own expensive player have been too Vancouver?
How about we wait for him to score, and then boo him?
I must be missing something, because when Heatley came back to the Tank the first time, it sounded like the place was full of Sens sympathizers. Get your own beef, people. He was one of the team’s leading scorers as a Shark, he didn’t make a fuss, played hurt like a dutiful hockey player, was a good teammate, never asked to leave. What’s there to boo?
On top of that, he has said, time and again, that being booed inspires him to play better. Lots of players say that, who can tell if it is always true. Seems like a fair reason to not boo him, if a fan actually cares about her team’s success.
Someone please explain.
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Native of Northern California. Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.
I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle. I watch, I react, I write it down.
My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked. I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind. When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom. It hasn't, I don't think it will. At all.
Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.
I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.
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