Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/23/14 at 12:29 PM ET
from Rick Carpiniello of USA TODAY,
You have to have some sympathy for the guys doing all the bleeding and battling for a Stanley Cup.
Not because of the blood or the battle.
You have to have sympathy because they have no idea what the rules are, night to night, period to period, shift to shift.
Officiating in the NHL has become an epidemic, a major problem, in a sport where everything happens so fast and with so much brutality, by bigger players with weapons and walls.
But today's big, fast, brutal players? They don't have a clue.
New game, new rule book. Embellishment? First round, yes. After, no. Head shots? Bring 'em on. No penalties, no fines, no suspensions. Spears to the groin? No problem. Slew foot (hockey term for a real cheap shot)? Never called, and often perpetrated by the best players — Sidney Crosby, P.K. Subban among them.
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