By Michael Russo
Chatted with the Boogeyman this morning and he’s obviously relieved his legal woes are over. His assault charge stemming from last summer was dropped Monday.
“I’m excited it’s over,” Boogaard said. “It’s just too bad it had to go this long. It should have been over last summer.”
Boogaard and his brother Aaron, who just signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, just completed their first Derek and Aaron Boogaard Fight Camp in Regina.
It’s the first of probably three they’re doing this summer. More than 40 12-18 year-olds attended the school.
“We weren’t there to show the kids how to hurt someone,” Boogaard said. ”We were showing them how to protect themselves in a fight so they don’t get hurt like I did when I was 17 and broke my jaw.
“It was to show them what to do and how to do it and not to be dirty with it, as well.”
The kids were also learning how to keep their balance on the ice during a fight, something Boogaard said took him three years to master.
Boogaard says he has been getting some flak for teaching children how to fight.
“One of the radio stations said it’s a stupid idea, but that’s all right. No big deal. All the parents were happy with it, and we’re not teaching them how to hurt anybody.”
Boogaard will be back in Minnesota Sunday-Friday for the Wild Road Tour. For more info on that, see wild.com.