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Hockey Players are Good Neighbors

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The difference between professional hockey players and players from other sports is that you really wouldn't mind living next door to them. In general, they're great guys -- hard working, clean cut, and polite. It's a shame that a few isolated incidents of on ice mayhem seem to get the attention of the mainstream media each year while ignoring a game of grace and passion, but what else should we expect from the MSM?

So that's why I wasn't surprised when I found out that a retired Bruins star made a save.
Former Boston Bruins forward Jay Miller earned a reputation as a tough guy who could always be counted on in a tight spot. On Saturday, the retired professional hockey player turned Cape restaurateur made a great save.


Late Saturday afternoon, Mr. Miller was returning from a fishing trip off Nantucket on board his 38-foot Intrepid. The crew included his captain and a group of Exxon Mobil executives, major sponsors and supporters of the Genesis Fund.

The boat was about two and a half miles off State Beach, late and hustling back to Oak Bluffs Harbor, when one of the crew turned to Mr. Miller and said, "I see something white in the water, what is it?"

Mr. Miller slowed the boat and turned to investigate. "All of a sudden I saw a hand, almost like a wrist, just kind of flip out of the water," Mr. Miller said in a telephone call yesterday. "And I said, 'that's a body.'"

Mr. Miller turned the helm over to his captain and told him to hurry as he prepared to help pull the man from the water. Mr. Miller and his crew managed to pull Charles A. Samuelson of Cohasset onto the boat's swim platform and then into the boat. One of the men on board was an ex-EMT who administered first aid for hypothermia.
Yep, that's just another great guy.


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