OT- Ryan Hollweg suspended already!!
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10-14-2008, 11:25 AM
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I absolutely agree with you in that I find it irresponsible for player's to turn their back on the play and put themselves in injury prone positions. But, I think there are a couple of things you are missing:
1. Turning your back on the play in a beer league is insane for a variety of reasons. First off, it's safe to assume that the guys speeding around the ice with you have far less control over their bodies than NHLers. I can't even count how many times I've been awkwardly slammed into by guys who didn't even mean to do so, let alone your rogue idiot with something to prove.
That is exactly what I'm talking about in what I typed, that even at that level you can never turn away from the play. Especially in those situations.
2. You have absolutely no incentive to put yourself in a position where you might get hurt in a beer league. There is absolutely nothing at stake. The same cannot be said for an NHL game, as it can often be in a player's best interest to put himself in harm's way if it means successfully completing a play (as weird as that sounds) because his job may literally be dependent on it.
Definitely, because whether he makes the play or not, if the player shied away from the hit completely then he gets hell from the coach and more than likely some of his peers. Stay protected all the time (although someone will catch you watching a pass somewhere along the line)
3. Cowardice has little (in fact, nothing) to do with the fact that Ryan Hollweg is a repeat offender. If these hits are usually the fault of the guy getting hit (as opposed to the hitter), you wouldn't see the same few guys getting whistled time and time again.
This doesn't change the fact that the player saw Hollweg coming, and when the range is within just a
, he turns. It's very simple, you don't do it. I know Hollweg has been a repeat offender. Look at this play without the names involved and there's no arguing that the player hit let his guard down in a fast paced, high impact game. People have been calling for Hollweg's head for quite some time, but there have been sports analysts for years discouraging what that leaf's player did in that situation.
If all you had to do was turn your back when someone was coming to play the body on you, then the game would not be what it is.
Hitting from behind is horrible don't get me wrong, but purposely putting yourself in the situation to be a victim is even worse.
edit: Synergy27 - I just find it frustrating because enough people get hurt from clean contact, no need to put yourself at serious risk intentionally. I think this second suspension has alot to do with his recent occurrence as well. I will admit Hollweg definitely has to smarten up on some of the plays he's involved in, but he also has countless clean hits on every shift he plays.
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