2 for instigating! “If I had the opportunity to play for Scotty Bowman today, I’d be looking for every possible way that I could help that guy out, make him look as good as possible, listen to what he’s trying to achieve so I could figure out how to help him achieve that.”. SA: Could you describe your first game in the ECHL, and how it felt? None of them could skate or play hockey. Smith’s four-year contract with the Kings included a $100,000 signing bonus. “The more pain,” he says, “the greater the learning.”. “He’s breathing, he’s still alive, go get help,” a bystander told her. Leave a Comment », A Review of Goon: The True story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio, I love Slapshot just as much as the next guy. It was, he says, like a bird hitting a window in full flight. He was voiced by Rich Moore (one of the film's directors), who also playedSour Billin Disney'sWreck-It Ralph. Smith doesn’t beat himself up anymore for what might have been in the NHL: he has let go of his anger at his younger self. “I was conditioned to knock people down, intimidate them and take what they have,” he says. He was soon able to join the Boston adult amateur league. I did though meet him at the movie premier at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and to say he was a great guy and true gentlemen would be an understatement. Doug Smith is convinced his story would be better known if he had retained the name of his biological father. He was fixed into a metal halo with four screws drilled into his skull. Who do you support for president... of the St. Louis Blues? It is the considered judgement of the Give ‘Em the Lumber editorial board that there just isn’t any room in hockey for the Bad Lieutenant. Paul told me to come out and teach these players how to defend themselves. I was better at it than most, and unlike most guys, I liked the position. SA: I understand now that you are a police officer in a town just south of Boston. With his hockey career suddenly in jeopardy, Smith realized just how much the sport meant to him. You probably didn’t know the full story of Doug Smith yesterday. Doug Smith (born May 17, 1963 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian retired former professional ice hockey player who played for the Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins over the course of his career. “It makes you unhealthy if you hurt other people,” Smith, a man with more than 600 NHL career penalty minutes, says in his keynote address to the Brain Injury Association of Canada. Doctors said he was unlikely to play hockey again given the resultant damage to his nerves, muscles and tendons. Smith's role on the teams he played for was that of the enforcer, which led the Hanover, Massachusetts, native to average 6.73 penalty minutes per game over his 60-game career. This page will document his many adventures! He dated one of the L.A. Lakers’ cheerleaders, partied in Beverly Hills, and mastered the beach arts: scuba diving, surfing, Frisbee. DS: Here again is another position in professional hockey that I never thought I could attain. There were dramatic highlights for sure — game-winning goals, stirring playoff wins — but Smith ultimately failed to live to up to his draft day potential. They all did a really good job with the limitations they had. “If my name was Harlock, I would be a household name in Ottawa,” he says. It was called Goon, and it spawned a sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, which came out this summer. But when Scotty Bowman was hired by Pittsburgh in 1990, Smith knew his time in the NHL was at an end. I always thought that if I accomplished what I did with only 3-4 years of skating to my credit, if I had been skating since I was a kid like almost everybody else I may have not only lasted longer but I may have also made it to a higher level. DS: I was on cloud nine to get the call to play in the ECHL for the Carolina Thunderbirds. Particularly working with enforcers such as Steve Macintyre and John Scott. DS: Of course. Guys like Scott and Liev Schreiber. The Ram Thug is one of the secondary antagonists (alongside Doug Ramses) from Disney's 55th full-length animated feature film Zootopia.He is a large, sinister-looking ram who works for Dawn Bellwether and wears a dark blue outfit similar to a biker. On and off the ice? He only appears at the climax of the film. His spinal cord had been damaged. I also recently became a linesman thanks to a good friend Geno Binda who felt I was still young enough to do the job. It just doesn’t seem real. Here was his first shot—Beer League Hockey— but “Nobody there was prepared to deal with a 6-foot-1, 250 pound goofball like me, who was just looking for an opportunity to fight…I was asked not to return.” Smith: My story was so unreal. Смит за свою карьеру играл в шести командах в трёх лигах, его наиболее продуктивным выступлением была игра за «Мирамиши Ганьон Пэйкерс» в Нью-Брансуикской старшей хоккейной лиге (NBSHL). Not only did this guy get his start initiating fights with people at pick-up games but at the end of his 2 or so game career in the AHL he retired to his real calling as a Masshole and a Cop in the shopping malls of the greater Boston Metropolitan area. DS: I had grown up around cops from the gym that I belonged to in Hanover, MA. “Even if you were Scotty Bowman or Glen Sather or Pat Quinn trying to explain the process to me, it just didn’t matter. It is the story of one man’s improbable rebound, a Henderson of the heart. There was a role for a guy like me for when somebody on the other side acted up. He has also had to think hard about the meaning of his turbulent NHL career, a disappointment to many, which began with so much promise in 1981. Most of them come off as real down to Earth souls who just do something for a living, but the conversation is fleeting. SA: What was the most memorable fight you have been involved in? “He was phenomenal, one of the best athletes I’ve ever known,” says Ottawa’s Tony House, who played lacrosse with Smith. As far as the mental aspect of the game, yes I would obviously read the rosters of each team and find out who was the fighter on each team and get prepared to go to battle with that guy just like I would in the ring…it was easy really. His face came to rest on his gloves, a stroke of fortune that quite possibly saved his life. But Smith is not a man easily defeated: he’s using his epic story to teach others how to overcome adversity and to take advantage of second chances. She went to get an ambulance. Эта страница в последний раз была отредактирована 30 января 2019 в 17:02. Fighting in hockey hasn’t done as much damage to players as body checks have. SA: It must be a huge honour to have Sean William Scott play you and have the likes of Live Schreiber in the movie. It has brought him success, first as an Internet marketing specialist and then as co-founder of a local stainless steel fabrication company. He changed his game to stay in the league, becoming known more for his abrasiveness than his scoring touch. The Bruins thing came up because I knew a few people in the organization, and I convinced them to let me coach some of the European players how to fight. I didn’t start skating until I was 20 years old and I didn’t play in my first hockey game until I was 22. The Real GOON Doug The Thug Smith Doug would eventually adopt the surname of his stepfather, Wayne Smith, and be delivered into the semi-obscurity shared by all those in the tribe of Smith. Смит также значительное время принимал участия в матчах в качестве судьи, в том числе два года на профессиональном уровне в Федеральной хоккейной лиге. W hen he retired after nearly a decade of playing minor league hockey, South Boston native Doug Smith had unique career stats: no goals scored, one total assist, and over 400 penalty minutes. “I had no diplomacy. I am however working for a professional team in the U.K. called the Sheffield Steelers where I write articles for the match night programme and also for a website called ProHockeyNews. Buffa: You averaged 6.37 penalty minutes over a six year career. I knew how to fight and liked the competition. Website by Michael Feger, World’s 1st Human Embryonic Stem Cell Trial for Spinal Cord Injury – Katie Sharify’s Story, Eric LeGrand Reflects on Decade Teaching Others to Believe, Research could change how blood pressure is managed in spinal cord injury patients, John talks about his 50 years living with spinal cord injury, Women ReAbled – Women’s Chapter of the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group (SCISG). The rest is near history. And then I’m playing guys in the East Coast Hockey League when I’m 23. Позже по книге был снят фильм «Вышибала» с Шонном Уильямом Скоттом в главной роли, а в 2017 году вышло продолжение «Вышибала: Эпический замес». I was hired back in 2001-2002 by the Boston Bruins GM Mike O’Connell who felt that teaching the European and college players how to protect themselves would be an asset to their personal development and teaching them confidence to go along with their skills would help them achieve what the organization felt they were capable of. A coach who decided to write a book. His second chance would arrive in more dramatic fashion. At one point, unable to work a hospital shower built for people in wheelchairs, he despaired: Smith asked his wife if she would help him take his own life. DS: I still hold summer fight camps with NHL skating guru Paul Vincent who has his summer power skating clinics for professionals of all levels and it’s there that I get out on the ice with guys and run them through various drills for balance, punching power and different conditioning drills. DS: That’s a pretty tough question because you’ve had some pretty damn tough guys play this game for 50-60 plus years. Смит получил несколько приглашений продолжения карьеры в Штатах из нижних второстепенных лиг, но его новая работа в полиции штата Массачусетс ограничила его возможность регулярно участвовать в играх. When high school came, Doug began lifting weights, and honing his fighting skills. Again my confidence in fighting was solid it was my skating and balance that worried my which is why I tried to work at that so hard. Every skilled player behind closed doors will tell you the same thing. He wants people to understand that they’re the product of their past, that they live unconsciously with the fallout from their previous conditioning. He was very well respected by both teammates and opponents. DS: You’re talking to a guy who never thought he would get a game in a men’s league never mind professional hockey so for me to play “anywhere” including the AHL, IHL or ECHL was a gift from the heavens so no it wasn’t disappointing at all.SA: After various stints in the AHL and IHL, you went back to the ECHL.