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Our Tough Guy 

John Wensink's most infamous moment came on December 1, 1977. After finishing up an exchange of fists with Alex Pirus, Wensink skated over to the Minnesota bench and motioned with his hands... See full summary »

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Molly Schiot
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John Wensink's most infamous moment came on December 1, 1977. After finishing up an exchange of fists with Alex Pirus, Wensink skated over to the Minnesota bench and motioned with his hands, challenging the entire team but no player responded. Through Wensink¹s own words, and additional context provided by his teammates, Terry O'Reily and Rick Middleton, this short will delve into the mindset of a "Goon", and the journey one takes when that life is left behind. Written by ESPN Films

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Documentary | Short

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12 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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The Enforcer
28 March 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 for 30 Shorts: Our Tough Guy (2014)

This ESPN short starts off with some Boston Bruins fans talking about how on the morning of December 2, 1977 they had found a new idol. We then flashback to the previous day when Bruins player John Wensink got into a fight on the ice but what everyone loved was the fact that he then skated over to the Minnesota bench and challenged anyone on the team to a fight. This here is another highly-entertaining episode in the series. I'm not a major hockey fan so I had never heard of this incident or even seen the video footage. I must admit, it was quite impressive and you can see why the actions would lead people to remember Wensink and this moment in history. We get interviews with fans of the Bruins, other players but the most interesting stuff comes from Wensink as he discusses that incident and the rest of his hockey career. He opens up about his first fight and what it meant to him when he got the role of the enforcer. Fans of hockey and especially those in Boston are going to love this entertaining short.

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