Monday, 9 December 2013
By now any hockey fan has read 2 or 18 articles that covered Shawn Thornton’s assault on Brooks Orpik. Everyone has an opinion on what occurred, who should have done what and when they should have done it. Speculation on discipline and fan comments filled blogs, Twitter, website comments and actual pages that still use ink. But who was really at fault here.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
I was surprised by my reaction to Monday’s announcement of retired players filing a lawsuit against the NHL. If you have read any of my posts over the last 2 years it’s obvious that I’m no fan of fighting and I always expected a lawsuit would be brought against the league at some point. Still I was disappointed to finally see it happen.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
“The Code”. That mythical set of rules that is trotted out at various times to create honor amongst hockey enforcers and excuse the dishonorable conduct that more often results from enforcers in the game. Those who support fighting will mention the history and tradition of dropping the gloves and that players have long used “The Code” to police the game. But just how long has “The Code” existed.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
You might think that there appears to be more news articles and blog posts on the subject of whether fighting in hockey should be reduced or banned outright. And you would be correct. I’ve been posting regularly on this topic for almost two years now and I’m encouraged that more writers are publishing opinion pieces and fact based articles – even without a major brawl or fight-induced concussion to prompt it.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Over the past several weeks we have heard from current and former players, as well as hockey notables, about how fighting is needed to reduce or eliminate cheap shots in the sport. Without the Enforcer role the “Rats” would take over the game. The consensus is so strong and prevalent that there must be some evidence that would support the pro-fighting viewpoint. It would be hard to believe that individuals who play the game at the highest level are relying solely on perception.
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Over the past few weeks we have heard from two prominent hockey insiders on why fighting belongs in hockey. An excerpt from Bobby Orr’s new book was widely distributed by the media and Brian Burke had his own guest column on the subject. Both tried to show that fighting was an honorable and necessary activity in the NHL. And then Emery demonstrated why all of their arguments are bullshit.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Brendan Shanahan departed from his usual script during his most recent suspension announcement to express his disappointment with a few of NHLPA members. “The NHL Department of Player Safety is overworked and stretched to the limit because certain players are doing whatever the hell they like and not focusing on hockey. I’m talking about enforcers and their inability to protect their teammates and take care of the rats”.
Monday, 14 October 2013
The recent concussion suffered by George Parros and yesterday’s seizure suffered by USHL player Dylan Chanter, both as a result of a fight, got me thinking about visors. The NHL was gravely concerned about eye injuries and last January decided to grandfather in the mandatory wearing of protective face shields. I find it very strange that they brought in a rule that protects a few players while many more suffer serious injuries during a fight.
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Last Tuesday George Parros was taken from the game on a stretcher after hitting the ice face first while engaged in a fight with Colton Orr. The last 4 days has been full of media coverage and blog posts calling for the end of fighting in hockey. In response we also heard from current players on a wide range of teams providing vocal support for the role of the enforcer. The latter group has the final say on any change in penalties or efforts to reduce fighting.
Monday, 23 September 2013
So last night the Buffalo Sabres visited the Toronto Maple Leafs for a meaningless preseason game and anyone who is a hockey fan has read an article or watched the video. If you missed then you can catch up on the news here at the National Post or at The Toronto Star. Any long-time hockey watchers wouldn’t be surprised by the action or the results.