I am wondering, should we sew the jerseys to the gloves? That might be extreme but fighting has always been a great hockey debate. Here's what I don't understand; no fighting at midget, high school and prep. But the next level, ... Read More...
Chuck, it is not the fighting that concerns
most. It is a given that fighting is on its
way out of hockey. I am more concern about
removing the hitting. Here is a couple of terms that you don't here anymore: "I caught him with his head down"- "I caught him admiring his pass"- "I took the hit to make the play" and even worse " I hit him with a
good open ice hit" Players don't know whether
to _hit or wind their watches for fear of a
suspension. I can only speak for myself but it
is really hard watching some of these games without hitting. Oh! one more term that we might not be heard saying "I was just finishing off my check" Hockey today shouldn't
be called hockey- they changed the game so much that they should call it something else.
Chuck, it looks like hockey was good to you and you got a good education. It is going to take guys like you to draw the line somewhere and take a stand on keeping a few old rules.
In my own opinion, it has to start with the players respecting each other. Leagues are so
quick to suspend players for violating what they have been taught to do for years. Head injuries aren't something new. You can thank rules -like holding up a player when a forward
is coming in on a defenseman for alot of those
injuries. The new hockey minds want to speed up hockey. Well they have speeded up hockey and they are speeding up the removing of hitting. When hitting goes, please call this wonderful sport something else. I will then turn to watching the TV featuring the Housewives of New Jersey for some real scraps
and physical play.