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Awesome profile of Washington Caps enforcer Donald Brashear by Washington Post columnist Mike Wise over the weekend.
Brashear’s childhood wasn’t happy.
I’ll leave it at that. Read the story.
My only problem with the piece, really, was the part where Wise quotes Brashear saying the sort of goon hockey that he’s mastered—-when he drops the gloves, he’s as much an artist as Baryshnikov in tights—-is against his nature.
Despite all the success it has brought him, though, Brashear still finds it ironic that his hockey career is built around his ability to punch another man.
“To tell you the truth, I never liked fighting,” he said in a soft voice that still bears a French-Canadian accent. “I always wanted to be the type of player that plays hard, hits, body checks and scores some goals. But that’s not what they wanted me to be.”
I interviewed Brashear in 2006, shortly after he signed with the Caps, and he told me the exact opposite.
“When I was a kid, I thought about boxing because it was, like, you could fight, and you were allowed,” Brashear said then. “That was everything I wanted to do.”
Somebody really needs to confront Brashear and ask him about this discrepancy!
I nominate Mike Wise to be that somebody.