With the insigator rule and extremely lenient league discipline, the players actively try to hurt each other all the time. Worse yet, recent events more or less proclaimed open season on star players as seen by Downie's attempt on Crosby last night.
As long as Cambell keeps handing down 1 or 2 game suspensions(if any at all) for borderline hits that knock out players for months and the league continues to treat fighting as a deterent towards US popularity, it'll get worse before it gets better.
Knee-on-knees, hits from behind, cheapshots should all warrant more than 2-4 game suspensions. In all three cases, the player injured is basically out for the season, yet the three culprits (Boogard, Cooke and Ovechkin) barely get suspended.
I am not a huge OV fan but I hate seeing him lumped in with Downie and Boogaard.
I like OV's game, but his lack of respect/ignorance to other players isn't as bad as any of the guys I listed, but it's in the same ballpark.
He's gotten 3 ejections this year, is on his second suspension, and never admits any wrongdoing in interviews after the fact. He needs to wake the **** up and stop the kneeing, hitting from behind, boarding, and all the ignorant plays that he is becoming famous for.
I voted no. I won't tar the whole league because 3% of the players are reckless. I do think that the game is faster and more dangerous than ever.
I also think that a big reason we hear about this is that we have a lot of "helicopter moms" in the media and their constant need for drama content blows things up. Hey, it's a competitive and ruthless sport. I don't want to see people hurt, but the game is a tough sport and things happen. If you don't play hard, you ride the bus in the AHL.
No there is not. Players are bigger, stronger, faster so there is more carnage. But as far as cheap hockey it is nowhere near what it used to be. You hear these old guys on TV "back in the day there was way more respect - players played hard...." blah blah blah. How many people back then knew the name of the NHL disciplinarian (if there was one). Guys chopping each other over the head, climbing into the stands and hitting fans with a shoe (then making people laugh with the trades he made). The difference is now everything is televised. Two crappy teams like Edmonton and CBJ is the highlight of the TV night and so people see Boll get tossed on his head and then rant about it (perfect example).
There is the same amount of respect as always - and I respect that. Bottom line, any guy who will do whatever it takes to win is ok in my books. I respect a winner and a guy who will do what it takes - I am sure team mates respect that too.
ok some people need to know what actual respect is, a fluke hit from behind, and a dumb hit has nothing to do with respect both situations are just inflated because of injuries, chris simon hits somebody with a stick to face is a lack of respect this poll is way to biased.
Gordie Howe was once revered for elbowing someone in the throat. HA HA HA! That Gordie Howe! That'll teach em to go into the corner when Gordie has the puck!
Stevens got into the Hall of Fame for headhunting vulnerable players.
Dave Brown beat the crap out of a deaf Jim Kite, and apparently that was awesome for us Oiler fans.
There's no respect in hockey, and there never was. There needs to be rules in place to protect the players from each other, not unwritten rules or respect.
I actually love that type of tough hockey. The difference between legends like Howe and Stevens, and some of the punks of the NHL today, is if those guys did something dirty in the old days, they would always answer for it with a fight, or some form of vigilante justice.
Now we have guys like Cooke, who is arguably the dirtiest player in the game, bit will never ever fight. ******* like Cooke would have never made it in the old days.
Also, back then if something dirty happened, the guy on te recieving end usually deserved it. In reference to the Kite-Brown fight, Brown had Kite down, and stopped throwing punches. Kite just made the stupid move of punching Brown while he was pinned, then paid the price for it.