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Man Brain-Dead After Father-Son Hockey Game
AP ^ | January 2, 2006 | AP

Posted on 01/02/2006 6:53:37 AM PST by Former Military Chick

DULUTH, Minn. -- A retired police officer and youth hockey coach was critically injured by a hockey puck Saturday during a father-son game.

Dennin Bauers, 52, was struck behind the left ear by a puck at around 9:30 a.m., when about 20 high school players - mostly from Duluth Central High School -- took on their fathers at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. He was wearing a helmet, but collapsed and was taken to the hospital.

He remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, according to the hospital's intensive care unit.

"He's in bad, bad shape," said Duluth police Chief Roger Waller, Bauers' friend.

Bauers has been involved in local youth and adult hockey leagues. He served as an assistant at Duluth Central, where his son plays hockey.

The Duluth native was the commander of the Lake Superior Drug Task Force when he retired in 2004. He also worked as a police officer in St. Paul.

Scott Lyons, former Duluth police chief, told the Star Tribune in Minneapolis that more than 75 of Bauers' friends and relatives had been at the hospital Saturday night.

He said his high school friend and former colleague suffered life-threatening injuries.

"It was pretty somber," Lyons said. "He was a great guy."

Bob Hom, director of operations at the convention center, said he had never seen a serious hockey injury at the center in his 28 years on the job.

Duluth police Lt. Peg Johnson said the mood at the police department was solemn Saturday after officers heard the news. Chief Roger Waller said many of Bauers' colleagues didn't want to see him retire.

"He was a good cop, a very good cop," he said.

There have been puck accidents elsewhere that have caused serious or even fatal injuries.

Brittanie Cecil, 13, was killed during a Columbus Blue Jackets game in 2002 when a puck left the ice and struck her in the forehead.

Chad Hildebrand fell into a coma and died after he was struck by a puck at a senior men's hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 2000.


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KEYWORDS: braindead; braininjury; hockey; sports
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Such an out pouring, it appears he is quite the role model.
1 posted on 01/02/2006 6:53:39 AM PST by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick
Very sad, indeed.

Time to ban pucks from hockey games.

Leni

2 posted on 01/02/2006 6:55:21 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

"Time to ban pucks from hockey games."

Not yet, it was only a white male.


3 posted on 01/02/2006 6:57:21 AM PST by BigDaddyTX (Don't Mex with Texas)
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To: MinuteGal
Time to ban pucks from hockey games.

They're probably delivered to the arenas in SUV's.
4 posted on 01/02/2006 6:58:20 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: reagan_fanatic

...SUV's with pitbulls in the back...


5 posted on 01/02/2006 7:02:14 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: MinuteGal
I move for mandatory puck registration and a ballistic printing program. Then there is the whole issue of stick control.

Humor aside, condolences to the family and hopefully they will take some comfort that dad was out there on the ice with his son and fellow hockey enthusiasts, doing what he loved when his time came.

6 posted on 01/02/2006 7:03:05 AM PST by NonValueAdded (What ever happened to "Politics stops at the water's edge?")
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To: Former Military Chick

It can't be said too often: Keep the bleepin' puck on the ice.


7 posted on 01/02/2006 7:07:38 AM PST by elli1
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To: MinuteGal
Time to ban pucks from hockey games

Agreed. I think they should use something less threatening - like a pancake.

8 posted on 01/02/2006 7:07:55 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: NonValueAdded

I very much enjoyed your thoughtful reply.


9 posted on 01/02/2006 7:08:25 AM PST by Former Military Chick (I salute all our Vets, those who walked before me and all those who walk after me.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

10 posted on 01/02/2006 7:09:49 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy

LOL! That's the pic I was thinking of when I wrote that.


11 posted on 01/02/2006 7:25:05 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: Former Military Chick

Some kid thought he was being smart lifting the puck. Didn't mean to hurt anyone, but it should be a rule to keep the puck on the ice if you aren't wearing helmets.

At the New Year's party we went to a couple of nights ago, with a lot of children playing around the house, some problem kid threw a block and hit a young girl on the head. She had blood all over her face and her mother had to take her to the ER for stitches. Don't throw blocks, don't lift pucks. But it's bound to happen once in a while. Kids don't realize the consequences.


12 posted on 01/02/2006 7:36:26 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Former Military Chick

What a tragic ending to what was to have been a wonderful father son event.


13 posted on 01/02/2006 7:41:48 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

And yet you can still
board a plane with one these
in your carry-on!
14 posted on 01/02/2006 7:44:50 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: theFIRMbss
Remember this one?

Pucks are evil!

15 posted on 01/02/2006 7:48:43 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Pharmboy

The rabbit doubles as a tee, as in golf.


16 posted on 01/02/2006 7:49:22 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
>Pucks are evil!


Oberon, Titania and Puck, by William Blake, c.1785

PUCK Through The Ages

The History of a Hobgoblin

One of the most popular characters in English folklore of the last thousand years has been the faerie, goblin, devil or imp known by the name of Puck or Robin Goodfellow.

The Welsh called him Pwca, which is pronounced the same as his Irish incarnation Phouka, Pooka or Puca. These are far from his only names.

Parallel words exist in many ancient languages - puca in Old English, puki in Old Norse, puke in Swedish, puge in Danish, puks in Low German, pukis in Latvia and Lithuania -- mostly with the original meaning of a demon, devil or evil and malignant spirit ... Because of this similarity it is uncertain whether the original puca sprang from the imaginative minds of the Scandinavians, the Germans or the Irish. -Gillian Edwards, Hobgoblin and Sweet Puck p.143

17 posted on 01/02/2006 7:55:43 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Pharmboy
EA Games - Challenge Everything!


18 posted on 01/02/2006 7:56:41 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: theFIRMbss

18


19 posted on 01/02/2006 7:57:50 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Classic.

I hope Tiger keeps his club head high through his swing.

20 posted on 01/02/2006 7:58:43 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

21 posted on 01/02/2006 7:59:37 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Pharmboy

The bunny needs a donut hole on its head.


22 posted on 01/02/2006 7:59:37 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Former Military Chick

This is sad news, indeed. Freak accidents. When God puts His Hand on your shoulder, that's it.


23 posted on 01/02/2006 8:01:02 AM PST by hershey
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To: theFIRMbss

ironic: the guy was named "Bauers".

Bauers shoots, Jesus saves.


24 posted on 01/02/2006 9:11:27 AM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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To: Cicero
Some kid thought he was being smart lifting the puck. Didn't mean to hurt anyone, but it should be a rule to keep the puck on the ice if you aren't wearing helmets.

Dennin Bauers, 52, was struck behind the left ear by a puck at around 9:30 a.m., when about 20 high school players - mostly from Duluth Central High School -- took on their fathers at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. He was wearing a helmet, but collapsed and was taken to the hospital.

Why can't flukes like this happen to the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Clinton, Mao, Kerry, Hussein, etc. ?

25 posted on 01/02/2006 9:40:39 AM PST by Triggerhippie (Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. <<<Sarasmom is a F'n lunatic - Beware>>>)
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To: Former Military Chick

Whenever there's a story like this, I know the first five replies will be exactly the kind of crap that was exhibited here. Doesn't anyone realize THEY ARE NOT BEING ORIGINAL???? My heart goes out to the families involved. A truly tragic accident.


26 posted on 01/02/2006 9:44:50 AM PST by Hildy (Spielberg spends his spare time memorializing the last Holocaust while working to justify the next.)
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To: Triggerhippie

Missed that.


27 posted on 01/02/2006 9:57:31 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
Some kid thought he was being smart lifting the puck. Didn't mean to hurt anyone, but it should be a rule to keep the puck on the ice if you aren't wearing helmets

There wasn't anything in the article indicating that one of the kids intentionally lifted the puck. These are high school kids, not the NHL. It could have been a deflection or some other fluke thing. This was just a tragic accident.

28 posted on 01/02/2006 10:01:10 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Hildy
>Whenever there's a story like this, I know the first five replies will be exactly the kind of crap that was exhibited here. Doesn't anyone realize THEY ARE NOT BEING ORIGINAL???? My heart goes out ...

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29 posted on 01/02/2006 1:59:54 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Former Military Chick
Brittanie Cecil, 13, was killed during a Columbus Blue Jackets game in 2002 when a puck left the ice and struck her in the forehead.

I remember hearing about that, it was a sad story. It was never prosecuted like it should have been, either.

30 posted on 01/02/2006 2:03:42 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: Former Military Chick

Sad. Hockey is a tough sport. My son has a scrimmage tonight.


31 posted on 01/02/2006 2:05:40 PM PST by airborne (If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
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To: Hat-Trick; SZonian; retrokitten; hollywood; Alberta's Child; 6323cd; Betis70; ColoCdn; k2afe; ...

Hockey Ping!


32 posted on 01/02/2006 2:06:26 PM PST by airborne (If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
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To: Former Military Chick

Sounds like someone fired a poorly controlled slapshot while his back was turned.

Bad form, reckless and very dangerous.


33 posted on 01/02/2006 2:15:41 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: airborne; Colonel_Flagg

Man -- that's too bad. I really hate to hear about that!


34 posted on 01/02/2006 7:47:10 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: Hildy

My thoughts exactly.

Why do some morons here think they have to be so cute with a tragedy like this???


35 posted on 01/02/2006 10:13:01 PM PST by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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To: darkangel82

Excuse me??? Prosecuted?? You are joking, aren't you???


36 posted on 01/02/2006 10:14:38 PM PST by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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To: GreenHornet; Cicero
These are high school kids, not the NHL.

My son put a puck through the glass behind the goal when he was 16.

It could have been a deflection or some other fluke thing.

Yes, it could have been that. Or it could have been what Cicero said: Some kid thought he was being smart lifting the puck.

I see way too many kids who think that hockey is about lifting the puck and, once they learn to do that, developing real hockey skills like skating, stick handling, passing and puck control go out the window. Probably 30% of the yelling that I do at hockey games is: Keep the puck on the ice!

37 posted on 01/03/2006 7:34:11 AM PST by elli1
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To: Former Military Chick

Dead Players, dead fans... no wonder hockey can't find too much appeal in the US.


38 posted on 01/03/2006 7:35:46 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: GeorgeW23225

Why would I joke about something like that?


39 posted on 01/03/2006 9:11:02 AM PST by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82

Well then, please enlighten me and tell us who you would have liked to have seen prosecuted. The puck?? Should we also prosecute a baseball when a foul ball hits a fan?? Ever get hit by a golf ball?? I have, and I didn't ask for the golf ball to be prosecuted.........


40 posted on 01/03/2006 9:21:37 AM PST by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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To: HamiltonJay

Oh really?? No appeal in the U.S.A.??

Just try getting 2 tickets together for a hockey game.......(currently playing before 92% average capacity attendance)

Let's not blow up this "accident" into an indictment of the greatest sport on earth!!

Better ban baseball too!! Dead players and dead fans!! (not to mention the players on steroids!!)

Get real!!


41 posted on 01/03/2006 9:29:22 AM PST by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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To: GeorgeW23225; Hildy
My thoughts exactly.

Why do some morons here think they have to be so cute with a tragedy like this???

Depends on the topic here in FR land, IMO. I once posted a comment on a thread about a Marine in Iraq shooting himself. As soon as I posted it, I asked the mod to remove it. It was removed quickly, but I was jumped on quickly by a number of FReepers (and rightfully so).

But as long as it doesn't involve someone/something significant to folks posting here they don't mind poking fun at death. I think it pathetic.

42 posted on 01/03/2006 9:30:15 AM PST by al_c
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To: theFIRMbss

You seem to have way too much time on your hands........


43 posted on 01/03/2006 9:33:15 AM PST by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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To: GeorgeW23225

Playing before near capacity because its the only way to see the game.... When they get and maintain a national contract that isn't on some po dunk cable, let the world know.

I can walk up to Mellon Arena any night and buy tickets to any game.... And that's with Mario and Crosby both on the ice.

Don't think because you can fill an arena (because its the only place to actually see the game) that its the most popular sport going... its not.

Lock out for a year, and frankly... no one cared.

A "sport" that relies on fights to keep the audiences interest is something that has more akin to Roller Derby and wrasslin than other "sports".

Now, this could be a freak accident, or it could be as others have suggested here, an act by yet another want to be college or pro hockey player who thinks lifting the puck is cool and part of the way you are supposed to play the game.


44 posted on 01/03/2006 9:41:59 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

No one said it was the most popular sport. I said IMHO, that it was the greatest.

Regardless of TV (which, by the way, is NOT the way to watch Ice Hockey) the fans are filling up the arenas in unprecedented numbers.

If you don't like the sport, fine. Just don't trash it. If you think that hockey is all about fighting, you are sadly mistaken and misinformed.

Also, just because you can get 2 tickets together in Pittsburgh, their attendance is still up 35%. Not bad........


45 posted on 01/03/2006 10:28:33 AM PST by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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To: darkangel82
It was never prosecuted like it should have been, either.

Who was supposed to have been prosecuted? The player, the team, the stadium owner?

46 posted on 01/03/2006 10:34:55 AM PST by Mark17
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To: GeorgeW23225
>You seem to have way too much time on your hands........

. . . And it's ticking away
With my sanity
I've got too much
Time on my hands
It's hard to believe
Such a calamity
I've got too much
Time on my hands
And it's ticking away
Ticking away
From me
Tick tick tick tick
Ticking away . . .

47 posted on 01/03/2006 1:04:01 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: VeniVidiVici; NonValueAdded; RedBloodedAmerican; reagan_fanatic; BigDaddyTX; MinuteGal; Pharmboy
Time to ban pucks from hockey games.

Not yet, it was only a white male.

They're probably delivered to the arenas in SUV's.

...SUV's with pitbulls in the back...

Agreed. I think they should use something less threatening - like a pancake.

Real lovely sentiments people.

DID I MISS WHAT WAS FUNNY ABOUT THIS STORY?

48 posted on 01/03/2006 1:11:44 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: Hildy; Former Military Chick

I know whenever I see a headline indicating a man, husband and father's life is likely OVER from a tragic accident, I always try to say something funny. < /sarcasm >


49 posted on 01/03/2006 1:16:22 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: HairOfTheDog
>DID I MISS WHAT WAS FUNNY ABOUT THIS STORY?

"Stories are neither
funny nor not funny. They
are just useful or

not useful to make
funny posts. There's this theory
about the open

society
of
humor and its enemies . . .
Don't fight openness . . ."

50 posted on 01/03/2006 1:28:05 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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