Fire & Ice!

Monsters forwards Patrick Bordeleau and Phil Dupuis know what it takes to be professional hockey players. Both have been through the rigors of an 80-game regular season plus playoffs numerous times. Both have spent countless hours of training both on and off the ice in order to play the game. It is without question that both are good at their profession.

But if Bordeleau and Dupuis weren’t hockey players, could they perform a job that’s equally as – or more than – physically and mentally taxing on the body? If danger called, would the two French-Canadians be able to make the jump from ice to fire?

That question would be answered on Wednesday, when the duo traveled to the Painesville City Fire Department to see if they could handle the life of a fireman. From extinguishing two car fires, using the Jaws of Life to dismantle a minivan, dressing in full fireman attire, climbing to the top of a fire ladder and manning the hoses, both players jumped right into the fire and experienced the life of a firefighter.

Needless to say, Bordeleau and Dupuis quickly realized how tough these firemen really are. Even two professional athletes labored under the weight of 75-pound tools and 180 pounds of water pressure through a hose.

Both hockey players and firefighters alike enjoyed their time together, and learned that fire and ice really can go together.

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