Vancouver thief clotheslined by crime-fighting Ottawa Senators player

Dec 2 2019, 3:31 pm

If you didn’t know why Mark Borowiecki was nicknamed “Boro Cop” by his teammates, you do now.

The rugged Ottawa Senators defenceman did some crime-fighting in downtown Vancouver recently, as his team prepares for a Tuesday night game against the Canucks.

With 620 career penalty minutes since making his NHL debut in 2011-12, hockey fans already knew that Borowiecki isn’t afraid to get physical, but this was next-level.

Borowiecki witnessed a car getting broken into in Gastown, before springing into action. When the thief tried to flee the scene on a bicycle, Borowiecki clotheslined him to the ground and retrieved the bag according to multiple reports. The bag had passports in it, according to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

“Vancouver Police are investigating a report of a theft from auto in which the witness, Mark Borowiecki, did assist in retrieving the stolen property and notifying the VPD,” a VPD spokesperson told Daily Hive. “We are grateful for Mark’s assistance and do recommend that if anybody does witness a crime to immediately notify the Vancouver Police and to stay safe.”