Article is a few years old now (2014), but still a cool read.
Nathan Perrott is no stranger to the trials of training camp. His National Hockey League career started at Nashville’s in 2001, saw him bounce back and forth between the bigs and minors — including a couple of AHL stints in St. John’s — and ended when he was released after trying out with New Jersey’s in 2006.
He’d been through plenty of gruelling hockey trials, but nothing that could help him in the preparation needed for his current job: use of force, gun training, shooter situations, rapid troop deployment and advanced counterterrorism tactics.
It’s all Jack Bauer 24-type stuff, crammed into 12 weeks of boot camp at a military base. Not your typical NHL training camp and not your typical job. As a former NHL enforcer, Perrott used to get paid to defend his teammates with the Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, but now he’s part of a paramilitary team paid to defend the world’s second-largest nuclear power plant. He still wears a helmet to work, but he’s traded his shoulder pads and stick for a Kevlar vest and assault rifle.