Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/20/11 at 12:00 PM ET
When I read that headline, I think of the game of football more than I do of the NHL.
Some people will claim our game has always been violent, yet I recall watching games in the 1960’s where the game was not as violent as it is today.
Players did not try to send a player into the third row while hitting their opposition along the boards, they took the player out of the play.
In the era gone by, there were more open ice hits, mostly delivered by hard hitting defensemen like Tim Horton, Elmer “Moose” Vasko and hip checks artists Bob Baun and Gary Bergman.
There were no useless scrums in front of the goal crease with players giving face-washes or crosschecks to the opposition and if one happened to crop up, the players dropped the gloves and settled it right then and there.
Want an example? Watch game 1 and 2 highlights of the 1968 SCF between Montreal and St. Louis. Notice the players taking their check out of the play, not out of the game, notice how many opportunities existed for a player to run the opposition, but they didn’t.
Call it respect, call it whatever you want, but modern day players should watch some of these games and then follow the example and play that way on the ice today.
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