Randy, Toronto, ON
Subj: Rock ‘em sock ‘em hockey
Everyone knows that hockey is a violent sport, but what’s the most gruesome hockey incident you’ve ever heard of?
Although several players have been knocked unconscious on the ice, only one unlucky puckhead has ever been set on fire. The bizarre incident occurred in a 1930 Quebec Junior Hockey game when goalie Abie Goldberry was hit by a flying puck that instantly ignited a pack of matches in his back pocket. The good news is that Goldberry’s teammates eventually managed to control the blaze. The bad news is that he was saddled with the unfortunate nickname of “Flamer” for the rest of his career.