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from the Boston Globe,
(Chris) Higgins - who said watching the Oct. 27 hit by the Flyers’ Randy Jones that put the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron on the sideline for at least the rest of the regular season was “hard to take” - believes he knows the problem.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of respect,” he said. “You’re told to hit ‘em as hard as you can. Guys want to put guys out of the game with their hits. I mean, I still hit guys as hard as I can; you have to. I just do it. I think the way you hit people has to change. I think that, along with hopefully the information available to kids, they’ll respect head shots and those types of injuries. So it’s ingrained in them when they grow up to play in the NHL they’re not putting a forearm to the back of some guy’s head.”
from the Brockton Enterprise,
The names may be changed, but the basic story will be familiar to youth hockey teams from Brockton and Fredericton, New Brunswick, who met under stressful circumstances back in March of 2003, a day after the United States began bombing Iraq.
The short-lived tension began when the Brockton teams witnessed anti-American protests while in Canada for a hockey tournament and returned battered, not by the action on the ice, but by the scenes on the streets.
But, by year’s end, the Boxer PeeWee team was back in New Brunswick, this time as guests of the University of New Brunswick in cooperation with the city’s youth hockey program.
This movie aired a few days ago in Canada and you can watch a video story…
from the Epoch Times,
...Footage of the brawl posted online showed many in the team pushing and shoving, and two of the tikes throwing punches like typical NHL enforcers (a.k.a. goons)—which is exactly the problem, says Dr. Gordon Bloom an expert in sports psychology at McGill University.
Professional hockey players set a violent example that younger players try to emulate, says Bloom. “What happens in the pros trickles down.”
Bloom has seen a dramatic change in youth hockey over the last thirty years and says players don’t respect each other the way they used to.
...the team selects Max Gerlach…
No criminal charges will be laid against adult hockey coaches for allegedly assaulting each other during a brawl that also involved eight-year-old players in Guelph, Ont., police say.
Police said Thursday they came to the decision not to lay charges after speaking to witnesses, investigating the case and reviewing a videotape of the fracas.
More about this here on KK several days ago. Watch the just released video below…
From the Canadian Press, more information on the Triple-A hockey brawl involving 8-year-old players last weekend:
A video recording of the fight was being reviewed by police, who are expected to decide as early as Wednesday whether to lay criminal charges amid allegations that one of the adult coaches spit in the face of his cross-ice counterpart.
Police are alleging that when a small fight broke out between players on the ice, both coaches sent in more players from the bench to join in.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association began its own investigation and was being assisted by the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association and the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
“Which group was the first to act, (and) which was the next to react, doesn’t make any difference,” said GTHL president John Gardner. “For adults to get into a situation like this . . . it’s not good for hockey and we’re not going to tolerate it.”
From Lois Kalchman at the Toronto Star,
The idea for STOP came from a single, almost tragic, incident in 1996. Stubbington, a volunteer coach and former referee-in-chief for the Windsor Minor Hockey Association for more than 20 years, was coaching a springtime peewee club when a player was shoved from behind and knocked out.
“We were scared to death,” Stubbington said. “I was shaking and came home that night and thought that this has got to stop. These kids are getting vicious,” he said of the 12 and 13-year-olds. “We have to teach the kids to have more respect for each other.”
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