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10-29-2008, 05:09 AM
Nation of Poutine
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Let's face it giving hits, it's not like it was 10, 15, 20 years ago because the game has gotten faster, the guys with special regiments have become machines on ice and the checking has become more agressive from top to bottom. Not to mention the protective gears have become like mini armors. So that when you go at full speed with the kind of body and condition the guys are these days and with these gears and hit a region of the body like the head that is less protected it can become as dangerous as a car accident. Not only that but the guys have less respect toward one another like they used to. What used to be hard open ice body checks given by the likes of Normand Rochefort, Ray Bourque, Denis Potvin where they were hitting only the chest on purpose(cause that's what a good check is), now the guys are aiming for the the head without remorse. Not to mention that the boards are harder than the old rinks so when you have a mix of all of this, the result is what happened to Andrei Kostitsyn.

Change the Rules. That's pretty much it. Checking someone on the head has now become outlawed. I've always thought the hit on Lindros by Stevens was cowardly when others were saying "classic". And now people are realising it.

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