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03-07-2013, 11:48 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
I love the history of hockey and in fact am a writer. Back in 2009 I released the book “The Forgotten Summit” which is an account of the 1974 Canada/Soviet series. (I have also written on the 1967-72 Toronto Argonauts and in November 2012 released a book ‘Into the Valley of Death” which is an account of the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn.) I think I have a good knowledge of sports and athletes. I love the history of hockey but detest hockey violence. I have not watched a NHL game since the Bertuzzi/Moore incident. I couldn’t abide how many in the “NHL world” made excuses for Bertuzzi’s illegal actions.
So that is where I am “coming from.” Just so I am open about it. No hidden agenda. Here is a question. How would the NHL respond if say a player died in a fight during a game tonight? Let’s say a player dies of brain damage due to a punch in the head.
I personally don’t think you’d see a huge response. Part of me feels that “deep down” the NHL would be pleased as they’d be on the front pages of media around the world. Something that they rarely are as the NHL is not big new around the world outside of Canada and select US cities.
Most unions actually care about health and safety. The NHLPA does not. Steve Moore has commented that he received no support at all from the NHLPA after his career was ended (although Todd Bertuzzi received support from the NHLPA through his disciplinary hearings.) I have practised labor relations for years – I can’t see the United Steelworkers or United Autoworkers turning their back on a union member who was critically injured at work -even one injured by a fellow union member.
I can hear Don Cherry right now “bellowing and roaring” on Coaches Corner that the player who threw the fatal punch “is a good kid’ and only European pansies don’t support fighting.”
Any other thoughts?
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