It can be tough working your way through the independent minor league hockey system. It doesn't pay well, no one watches you, and you play in tiny towns in the middle of nowhere. Those circumstances would put any guy on edge.
But how about we add this to the mix. Let's say the minor league you're playing in suddenly folds in mid-season.
Well then, it's time to rage.
On Thursday night the Jamestown Vikings of Jamestown, New York, celebrated the premature termination of their season by trashing the city's main hotel - which is also historic. As a local paper so tactfully stated:
For police, the first sign of trouble was a chair that had been thrown through the storefront window.Deft work by the police, especially since I can't remember the last time a chair getting thrown through a window was a good sign.
When the cops entered the building trash and debris were everywhere, and the stench of beer and rotting food was almost overpowering. Bar stools were also smashed through doors, and virtually every piece of glass in the building had been shattered. They also found more than a dozen people — players as well as their friends — passed out drunk throughout the building. Wait, I'm confused. Don't all hockey parties end this way?
Apparently the players went on the rampage because they were pissed at the league president - who is also owner of the Vikings - for canceling the season earlier this week. Only problem is the hotel didn't actually belong to said league president. Clearly this was a well thought out plan by the drunken players.
Anyway, the players involved face serious fines and potential jail time for destroying historical property. But at least we learned a valuable lesson, which is: If you destroy a building while drunk, try not to pass out inside it.