December 7, 2009

Manitoba Moose Score the Shot

Moose players rolled up sleeves to get the H1N1 shot, not the flu

Like most people who planned to get the H1N1 flu shot, members of the Manitoba Moose visited an immunization clinic on their day off.

During the last week of mass clinics, about twenty players - some with families in tow - stopped by the St Vital Clinic on St Mary's Road.

The recovery area was much more lively than usual when these community-focused hockey players did their mandatory 15 minutes wait following the shot. Players were happy to sign autographs and greeted star-struck children who blushed at the sight of the professional athletes getting their shot along side them.

Their commitment to health, athleticism and teamwork set a good example for young people to look up to, and the players seemed to generally agree they were surprised how quick and relatively painless the experience was. Said forward Guillaume Desbiens when he joined his buddies in recovery: "I'm glad it's over but it was quicker than I thought."

When asked why he received his H1N1 flu shot, defenceman Evan Oberg indicated: "It can attack anyone. You think you're healthy and not susceptible to the flu but that's not true: the NHL players had it."

Perhaps Moose goalie Cory Schneider - who is accustomed to getting shots daily, albeit from a hard rubber disk - summed up the experience most accurately: "It was painless, quick and the best part was I got a lollipop!"

Definitely much better than a hard rubber disk.

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