The Prime Minister weighs in on violence in Hockey

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.

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3 Responses to The Prime Minister weighs in on violence in Hockey

  1. wesdimascio says:

    I agree that measures need to be taken to eliminate violence in hockey, but it’s a difficult task. I think the NHL needs to be the leader and take a stand to eliminate fighting, hitting from behind, and using the stick as a weapon. Young children learn from NHL players because they watch them on TV – they’re considered role models to some extent. NHL players need to set an example to younger children and eliminate the recklessness within the game. To do so, harsher penalties need to exist. A 1 or 2 game suspension does very little to send a message. A 20 game suspension or getting kicked out for a serious offense are just some examples that should be considered by the NHL. Promoting a safe game will create a positive image for the NHL, which will grow the sport to more consumers.

    Marked – SE

  2. bcubello says:

    I agree with you in regards to the NHL having to figure something out to eliminate the amount of head related injuries in hockey. I believe that slowing the game down is a possible solution to this problem. One way to do this, is to reinstate the centre ice line and thus not allowing two line passes. This will eliminate many of the open ice hits that occur because a player is looking behind themselves awaiting to receive a long distance pass. I also understand that fighting is a part of the game, unfortunately I do not believe that eliminating hits to the head can ever be taken seriously until fists directed towards an opponents head is more than just a 5 minute penalty.

    Marked – SE

  3. jmahood90 says:

    I also do agree with the NHL figuring out something to eliminate the amount of head injuries that come from hockey. However I do not believe you will ever be able to get rid of fighting or the reckless hitting from hockey. One solution I believe could possibly help is having less protection for the players in the likes of shoulder pads, elbow pads ect. If the NHL were to mandate that all players wear the soft shell shoulder pads and elbow pads like they used to in the early 90s this would slow the game down significantly and take out some of the reckless hits. The problem now is that players are so protected that when they’re skating full speed and hitting someone they are not feeling any of the hit. Using less protection will have the players feeling their hits more and cause them to think about how hard they want to hit someone because of the consequence that they may hurt themselves.

    Marked – SE

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