Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Once again, hockey takes the low road

An illegal hit by Patrick Cormier in a minor league hockey game in Canada has understandably been getting a lot of traction in hockey circles the past few days. The above video is worth watching to see the response of opposing coach Patrick Roy, who certainly sounds like he's seen enough cheap shots and would like something done about it.

I've written about this before and I'll say it again: I love the fact that hockey is a physical game with rough stuff. But I also think there's far too much tolerance of hits that go over the line. The game is plenty exciting enough without people getting maimed, yet the people who run the game at the pro level seem to believe fighting and violence are the main draw.

If they thought otherwise, they would have done something long ago. But they haven't and, as a result, you get to watch the NHL Stanley Cup finals on a cable channel that specializes in bass fishing shows. And that, my friends, is fucked up.

--Steve Hymon

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