First, I need you all to watch this.
Now that you’ve watched that 20 seconds of video, you’re more than likely wondering why I asked you to watch it- because it’s not very clear or definite what went on.
Taylor Fedun of the Edmonton Oilers was chasing the puck down the ice to stop an icing. As he goes for the puck, he’s upended by Eric Nystrom. Fedun’s skate caught the edge of the boards, and he got twisted up by a stick- and what you don’t see? Is that Fedun actually snapped his femur on the play.
For those of you not familar with what bone this might be, it would be your thigh bone. He broke his thigh bone, trying to prevent an icing against the Oilers.
I’m trying to see how this could be at all justified.
My brother plays AA hockey here in Toronto for the Penguins. He’s been brought up in the GTHL with a whole lot of firm rules: no-touch icing, mandatory cage, automatic suspension for a hit from behind. They all know that these things are in place, to protect the players. They learn, from a young age- that they do this, so that no one gets hurt. In International hockey- it’s the same thing with the no-touch icing.
The no-touch icing rule is simple: once a player shoots the puck down the length of the ice, the play is whistled dead after it crosses the opposing goal-line.
The only hockey league that still adheres to the touch-icing rule, would be the NHL. And I just don’t get it.
The number of injuries that have come from the touch-icing rule, are more than people realise. Players who go top speed into the boards to touch the puck risk knee injuries, shoulder injuries…ankles, wrists, head…neck…breaks, sprains, separations- all because they’re trying to prevent a whistle? Are we serious? It’s an archaic rule that sets the NHL back a few million years (ok, that’s a stretch, but whatever- I have the flare for the dramatic) - and should be abolished.
Curtis Foster, from the Minnesota Wild: feet first into the boards = broken leg.
Bergeron was plastered into the boards while going for the puck on an icing call and was knocked unconscious.
My brother always gets this look on his face when they go rushing for the puck- because he doesn’t have to do that. ‘Who would want to waste all that energy to get to an icing?’ He’s told me a few times. It’s not their way of thinking any more- so why keep it in? We’re bringing kids up with new, better rules, yet the big boys club gets all out of joint even suggesting that they get with the times.
There are a lot of loopholes that I am seeing in regards to new ‘rules’ and the attempt to get everything that is negative and casting a shadow over the National Hockey League. Putting money and time into committees and making new positions and humming and haaaing over things that really should be black and white, is what is bugging me about all of this.
It’s simple: if it’s not good for the league, if it is taking away the safety of our players. Get rid of it. Or come up with an alternative. End of.
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: the NFL suggested, then implemented their hitting rule in one weekend. Why can’t the NHL do the exact same thing?
The more I talk about it, the angrier I get.
I don’t even want to get into the headshot business. That is another post for another day, when I don’t feel like I will just use expletives in every other word. Lets just put it this way: if it’s going to turn into ‘10 suspensions, 1 non-suspension, and repeat’ - then we are in for a long, long season….