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Daily Dish: Enough of the Stupidity Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 21 Apr 2020  
By: Stephen Heisler,

"Number seven Smith and number nine Jones have dropped the gloves and are squaring off to go. Jones lands a quick uppercut sending Smith sprawling. Jones follows Smith to the ice and continues to punch the motionless opponent."

Where did this kind of barbaric behavior come from? I think the popularity of mixed martial arts has a lot to do with it. Frankly, I don't get it, that stuff looks more like a scene from Shawshank Redemption than sport. Whatever it is, there should be none of it in the game of hockey.

In the old days (go ahead and yawn) when a guy went down, that was it. There was honor in being the guy that delivered the punishment. Win or lose, the boys left it on the ice. There's honor in knocking an opponent off the puck, there's not in knocking him into a wheel chair. It's beyond time to start teaching these young prospects to respect the game.

There are many that want to take the fighting component completely out of the game and it is situations like described above that fuel that fire. I believe that's a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that could easily be eliminated. Commissioners from across the entire spectrum of junior hockey can easily address the problem with heavy handed supplemental discipline.

I can't help but feel that the game is better off harshly addressing the stupidity individually than taking fighting out of the game. Let's just take the idiots out instead.

Game officials should blow the whistle once one of the combatants hits the ice. Combatants that continue delivering blows after the whistle should have to sit out the remainder of that game and another nine after the first offense. Do that again and take the rest of the year off.

The way I see it, the game does not have a choice. It's either address the situation harshly when a complete lack of respect for the game is displayed, or risk losing the fighting component in it's entirety.

Author: Stephen Heisler from
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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