Mitch Fritz subscribed to the theory, it's best to throw the first punch then receiver it.
The former Kelowna Rockets enforcer gave more than he took both as a junior player and as a pro.
Now living in Osoyoos, BC, the 35 year old spoke candidly during an interview this week on his first Western Hockey League training camp with the Kelowna Rockets, his 20 game stint in the NHL with the New York Islanders, his most notable fight and life after hockey.
Fritz stood out like a sore thumb when the 6'8 forward attended Seattle Thunderbirds training camp in the fall of 1998. After being released by the American based team, Fritz quickly made his way back to the Okanagan to attend Kelowna Rockets training camp four days later.
"I was listed by Seattle and I went to their camp. They were four days ahead of Kelowna's. Skating obviously ...
Shane McColgan's hockey career is on life support.
The good news is the former Kelowna Rockets forward isn't about to let it go without a fight.
McColgan, who suited up for five seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Kelowna Rockets, Saskatoon Blades and Portland Winterhawks, has played a handful of games over the last two seasons at the Canadian university level and has spent more time injured than playing.
"The last couple of years have been an absolute blur to me, McColgan said Thursday from his home in sunny California. "Everything happens for a reason. I had to finally hit rock bottom to realize that I am not getting any younger now and I need to start getting serious if I want to play this game any longer."
McColgan was a highly touted bantam entering the Western Hockey League draft in 2008. The Kelowna Rockets selected the smallish ...