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09-19-2003, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Desert Panther
The kid's name was Andrew Long. He was a decent prospect, but not one who was expected to really make the team before this incident. Either way, that's not something that is tolerated at the NHL level. The game is way different.
It might not be tolerated, but the message doesn't come down hard enough. Cases in point: Marty McSorley's career ending crosscheck on
Donald Brashear (I mean his own career, incidentally), Rich Pilon's attempt to take Mario Lemieux's head off in an Islanders/Penguins game the year of Lemieux's former retirement or maybe it was the year before(luckily for Pilon, he missed), Ruslan Salei's flagrant hit from behind on Mike Modano that caused Modano to crash into the boards head-first at top speed and made it look like Modano's neck had snapped as it folded over, and Bryan Marchment's continuous assault against the knees of the NHL's star players/ These are just some of the more high-profile incidents in the last seven years or so.

Don't know if it's the NHL's anti-goon rules stopping enforcers from doing their jobs properly or simply the same gradual erosion of respect and morals that's affected society at large, but perhaps much harsher penalties are in order to make players stop and think about their actions.

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