Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/09/05 at 11:33 AM ET
Too bad hockey isn't more like golf. No refs. No whistles. No penalty boxes. You pitchfork your stick into someone's kidney, you take yourself out of the game. You grab a mittful of jersey, you park yourself on the bench. You give an elbow to the chops, you give yourself two minutes to ponder your sins. If golf - a sport in which players call their own infractions - is a gentleman's game, what is hockey? Rugby on ice? Cheaters' paradise? The NHL says it's serious about eliminating the absurd amount of interference (hooking, holding, clutching, grabbing and anything else players think they can get away with) that has become an accepted part of the game. Problem is, we've heard this refrain before, in 1995, '98, 2000 and again this season. Check out this Hockey News headline: "NHL edict should halt clutch-and-grab play." The date? October 1951.
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