One of hockey’s most longstanding unwritten rules pertains to the dressing room and the sacredness of a team’s logo.
When players, media members or any visitor at all enters the dressing room, the most important thing is to ensure they don’t step on the logo in the middle of the dressing room. Some teams take it incredibly seriously, and some, such as the Boston Bruins, have taken the steps necessary to remove the logo from the floor altogether to ensure no one is ever stepping foot on the mark.
Stepping on the logo can lend itself to jeers from players in the dressing room or a not-so-polite demand that you get off the logo. However, if you’re a 6-foot-3, 265-pound mountain of a man who has made a career out of beating people up, you might be able to get away with just a kind reminder to please, maybe, try and step around the logo if that’s at all possible, thank you, sir. Or at least that appeared to be the experience former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar had when he accidentally stepped foot on the Jets’ logo following their 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames:
Lesnar, also a pro wrestler with WWE, will make his next big appearance at the Royal Rumble on Jan. 29, and that’s a fitting event for Lesnar to show up at given it’s what could have happened had anyone gotten up in Lesnar’s face. It’s safe to say that short of (but probably including) Dustin Byfuglien, Lesnar wouldn’t have too tough a time cleaning house if he so felt like it.
Lesnar was a good sport about the incident, though, laughing with the rest of the Jets before claiming that Mathieu Perreault “baited” him by having a stall that was a direct line away from where Lesnar was entering the dressing room.
If you’re wondering why Lesnar was at a Jets game in the first place, that’s a fair question. The South Dakota-born Lesnar, who became an amateur wrestling sensation at the University of Minnesota, now resides just outside of Maryfield, Sask., and represented Canada at his last fight in the UFC. Talking with the Jets’ Mitchell Clinton, Lesnar added his kids, who are involved in hockey themselves, are Jets fans and he has a relationship with Byfuglien through mutual friends.
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