Creative Response Blog (PM Harper) http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/prime-minister-harper-says-authorities-have-not-kept-hockey-violence-in-check/
Violence in hockey has recently been put on the hot stove once again after Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros and Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr got tangled up in a fight which ultimately saw Parros fall face first to the ice, hitting his head and end up with a severe concussion.
Headshots and vicious bodychecks are also part of the violence in hockey and it has caused Prime Minister Stephen Harper to step up and speak his mind about the on going violence in Canada’s national sport. Harper was quoted saying that he does not believe the authorities in hockey have done a good enough job in protecting players from injury due to the violence and something needs to be done about it.
I totally agree with Prime Minister Harper. The level of violence and injuries that have arose in the game of hockey is getting out of hand and issues like the George Parros injury, and as recently as last night with Erik Gudbranson of the Florida Panthers destroying Philadelphia Flyers winger Scott Hartnell have caused for people to speak out. We have recently seen the amount of enrollments in hockey decline over the past number of years, for reasons such as being too expensive for kids to play and the time commitment to playing hockey, but deep down inside, many parents are worried about their childrens safety as well. It is something that needs to be taken seriously and slowing the game down seems to be the best solution in my mind as to how to begin to take down the violence in regards to headshots out of the game.
Fighting is a whole other debate and the main one when talking about violence in hockey. Fighting has been around in hockey forever. It gets people out of their seats, and actually is a way of getting teams fired up to play better. However, the amount of injuries caused by fighting has to be looked at and have data collected on it. Too many times have players been injured for being in a fight and it is almost come to the point where I think something needs to be done about it. I wholeheartedly agree with Prime Minister Harper, something needs to be done to eliminate violence in hockey before it is too late.