get the kids a few sticks and a few more pairs of tickets and everything will be fine.
this is a one and 10,000 type thing. There is no need to make a big deal out of this and the glass that was put in is safer for the players, because it is not as hard when being hit into.
For all we know the glass could have been dropped on install and had a small crack in it, or been hit in warm ups.
Just let it go.
The more people make of the the more some nut job is going to try and jump on and look for a big payday.
They're not likely to be sued or anything. Canadians don't have quite the same litigious society that Americans do. But there is no reason not to take some precautions. There are thin films that can be applied to glass that prevent them from dispersing when shattered. Explosive shattering is dangerous, especially when you're sitting a couple feet away from it.
And this has nothing to do with the seamless glass. I don't think the glass has changed at all from 2 seasons ago. What has changed is that the boards are much looser. Loose boards prevents you from connecting the glass together because each piece has to be able to move independently (since it's mounted into a movable board-section). Installing the glass in the seamless configuration probably makes the problem worse as the energy of impact is born by the glass alone, not dissipated into the movable board.
There are lots of unreasonable precautions:
Leave 5 feet clear between the boards and fans
Put a fine mesh between fans and glass
Use a less clear glass or plexiglas that results in poorer TV and arena viewing experience
If those were the only options then maybe doing nothing would be the best option. But there are cheap, easy options that won't adversely affect anyone, except cost the clubs a bit of money. It might not be cost effective, but it's not really about cost. If you do a cost/benefit analysis on the netting at each end of the rink then they're not cost effective either (one death in thousands of games over decades?).
But bad PR is wicked multiplier when things go wrong. And you never want someone from 60 Minutes asking the question "So when little kids were sent to hospital for stitches, didn't you think there might be a problem?"