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A lot of the criticism of Mario Lemieux and his stand against violence on the ice has come—justifiably—as a result of his employment of Matt Cooke. But for the NHL and for Lemieux himself, I would argue that Cooke’s long suspension couldn’t have come at a better time. For Lemieux, it allows him to put his money where his mouth is by not arguing with the league about the tough penalty imposed on his most contentious player. And for the league, they finally had an opportunity to slam a player hard for his on-ice behavior, in a situation that absolutely no one was going to argue about.
As Elliotte Friedman of CBC said yesterday, “Campbell’s been thrown a belt-high fastball. Now he’s got to crush it.” And so he did. Finally, a good PR outcome out of a bad PR situation.
But reading the editorials in recent days, I’ve been struck by how one-dimensional most people’s view of Cooke is. It’s like he’s been cast as a character from a horror movie that was born as pure evil, making up for his lack of hockey skills by using dirty tricks.
It’s an overly-simplistic view of Cooke’s career, in my opinion.
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