Steve Downie, former Canadian World Junior Hockey Championships hero, has landed himself in trouble again with a sucker punch on Toronto's Jason Blake. Downie was in only his fourth game back from what was then the 5th-longest suspension in NHL history for a big ol' headshot on Dean McAmmond.
A few summers back, when I was flying from a summer school at Cornell to Toronto to visit with Mak and Jim, I had a stopover in Philadelphia. I was sitting in the airport at the gate waiting for my plane when a pretty big dude walks up decked out in all Team Canada gear and looking like a guy who would give me many wedgies. It took me a minute to realize who he was (at the time, he was the guy who scored the winning goal in the 2006 World Juniors). He had been drafted in the first round by the Flyers, so it made sense that he'd be flying from Philly to Toronto. I considered asking for his autograph, but thought better of it, because of his even-then-existing reputation for on-the-ice violence.
He was doing word searches.