When the gloves hit the ice and the knuckles start to fly, Brantt Myhres is never too far away. So when organizers with last weekend's Battle of the Hockey Enforcers asked the Calgary Flames tough guy if he'd be interested in providing colour commentary, he jumped at the chance.
"This is something I could have done with my eyes closed, just by hearing the punches and the sound of the crowd," Myhres says.
"For me, it was perfect."
Myhres, who racked up 687 PIM with six NHL clubs prior to joining the Flames, knew a few of the brawlers from previous run-ins.
Like Mark Raiter, who suited up with the Saskatoon Blades, when Myhres was the WHL heavyweight champ in the early 1990s.
"I fought him 10 times one year when I was 18," Myhres says. "He was that big in junior. He was 6-foot-4, 255 as an 18-year-old. So I knew a lot about him. I also played against a couple of guys like Link Gaetz."
Myhres, a 6-ft. 4-in., 220-lb. winger, who will be in Flames camp next week, says being part of the Prince George event was a unique experience.
"It was definitely an eye-opener," the 31-year-old says. "It was weird. For myself, it was like I was getting ready to play a game.
"It was the first time anyone had ever seen anything like this so no one knew what to expect. When these guys came out on the ice and started slugging away, it was surreal."
Initially promoter Darryl Wolski had trouble finding an arena in which to stage the event. But Myhres said there won't be any problems finding a taker for Round 2.
"It definitely can be staged again," he says. "They had investors who didn't want any part of it five months ago calling the day after and wanting to get first dibs on it for the next time.
"They might go to Quebec and they'll have no problem selling out a 16,000-seat arena there.
"And with a bigger purse, you're going to see bigger names coming."