Former UMD men's hockey recruit Jared Boll is carving out a nice niche for himself in the NHL.
Boll never played a game for the Bulldogs, opting to go major junior after originally committing to UMD. He has become one of the better young fighters in the league, and he gets regular minutes as a forward for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He's logged 166 games in two-plus seasons with Columbus, and he's only 23, so you could argue that he will develop even more as an all-around player, instead of just being a one-dimensional punch-thrower.
Saturday night, Nashville's Wade Belak did the unthinkable. He speared Boll right in the, um, unmentionables.
Belak got a two-minute minor for hooking. Yes, hooking.
Anyway, instead of whining about a suspension (Belak hasn't been suspended yet, though he was benched for the third period of Saturday's game by Predators coach Barry Trotz), Boll has shown a good attitude about the whole thing.
"He caught me in the worst spot," Boll said. "I'm just glad we scored on the power play."
It's the small pleasures, like watching your team score after some guy just tried to render you sterile on the ice.