Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Joseph Beyda recently published an article in the Stanford Daily titled Why Fighting Fits in the NHL. It was a rebuttal to a colleague, Tom Taylor, who wrote about his initial experience with hockey, published previously on the same website under Why do NHL “stars” Still Have to Act Like Goons? Beyda thought that his arguments were solid and his defense of fighting was a slam dunk. I don’t think so.
Friday, 25 January 2013
The NHL has been very vocal about how progressive they are in the area of player safety. A little over a year ago they announced a Department of Player Safety. Brendan Shanahan has become the new face of player discipline, handing out stiffer penalties in an effort to reduce head shots. At the same time he participates in committees that look at equipment and rule changes designed to make the game safer. So why is fighting ignored or dismissed as an area of concern?
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Several roster announcements caught my attention this past week, particularly those involving enforcers. All of the teams talked about adding “grit”, or making them “tough to play against” or “creating room for their skilled players”. I wondered about the talent that wouldn’t make the team because of a role player who would see limited minutes on the 4th line.
Thursday, 3 January 2013
This is a continuation of my review of Ross Bernstein’s book, The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL. In part one I provided my opinion on the first half of his presentation of 10 reasons about what prompts dropping the gloves. Here in part two I’ll address reasons 6 to 10 and provide an alternative view.