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  • Comment on Hands up, everyone who’s surprised (2011-03-09 17:03:56)

    This was my comment to Damien Cox.  Rather than write it out again, I'll just post it as is.  Hopefully, someone in the media will have the courage to address the real issues here.

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    Mr. Cox. I must respectfully take issue with your following comment.

     

     "Chara received an interference major and game misconduct, and to be sure, he definitely interfered with Pacioretty. But at the same time, if the collision had happened on the side of the rink without the benches, it would have just been a garden variety rub-out into the glass, and maybe even an infraction the officials ignore."

     

    The major issue here is that this type of play is tolerated by all who support the NHL and hockey in general.  While interference penalties are called on these types of plays, there still exists the mentality that "garden variety rub-out" checks are acceptable because they happen so often. 

     

    The proper play, when the puck was knocked forward by Pacioretty, would have been for Chara to skate back hard and cut down the angle.  That is if he was able to catch up to the play.  Instead, this incident is an example of what we see all too often - a player taking a short cut for loss of momentum, lack of speed or poor positioning.   

     

    Many people will argue that this is a hockey play gone bad.  They will argue that the game is played very fast and that the player could not have possibly made a better decision in the given circumstances.  However, these arguments can be contradicted when one considers that a player can pick a puck out of mid-air to redirect it into the net.  Such a "miraculous" play is ultimately taught and the player perfects it through practice. They then are able to make that split-second decision that seems "unbelievable".  

     

    At some point and time, these players are being taught that "rub-outs" are a good play, they practice it and it becomes reinforced by a culture that deems it acceptable. 

     

    This is the issue that needs to be addressed that no one is addressing.  And why is that? - because it would require a level of introspection that most people are not willing to engage in. 

     

    Interference is cheating and fighting is violence.  Condoning either is hypocritical if you stand for fair play and sportsmanship.

     

    How wonderful would it be to see a player streaking in for a breakaway chance?  That's hockey as it should be.

     

    Be well.

  • Comment on Hands up, everyone who’s surprised (2011-03-09 17:12:46)

    Nothing much that would carry weight with those with the power to enact change. 

    However, continuing to write is better than to ignore the issue all together.