Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 10/23/08 at 07:02 PM ET
From Mike Ross at NHL Home Ice (XM Radio) blog:
Since we came back from the lockout, I’ve heard complaint after complaint from many hockey fans that the league is looking to soften-up the game. That the NHL is becoming a less edgy game.
But the actions of players like Tom Kostopolous, Rene Bourque and Alexandre Picard have me wondering if some players aren’t making the game a softer game all on their own.
All three of these players jumped an opposing player after a hard, clean and legitimate hit had been levelled against one of their teammates.
We’re told by George Laraque that such acts are justified whether the hit was clean or dirty. As Ken Campbell pointed out in a recent blog on thehockeynews.com, we’re told that opponents can not take liberties and get away with it.
But since when does a hard, clean body check get defined as a “liberty”.
Incidentally, Adam Proteau at The Hockey News wrote on something similar today, reflecting on Bob Clarke’s interview on TSN yesterday.
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