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So one’s initial response to the news that Pronger, not yet retired but unable to play again, is interviewing for a position with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is to say, “Seriously?”

Gales of laughter might then ensue when it was confirmed that, yes, he’s a candidate to fill the position left open by the departure of Brian Leetch.

One all-star defenceman for another, as it were.

So what, was Todd Bertuzzi not interested? Were Bryan Marchment, Chris Simon and Dave (The Hammer) Schultz otherwise engaged?

If Dan Carcillo, Matt Cooke, Steve Ott and Maxim Lapierre weren’t still playing would they be getting interviews, too?

-Damien Cox of Sportsnet on Chris Pronger being considered for a Department of Player Safety position.  Read more on this topic.

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Hank1974's avatar

I agree. This is a very odd choice and one that scares me. It’s like OJ Simpson being appointed District Attorney.

However, sometimes the results are opposite to popular opinion.
There have been some coaches who were scrubs or defensive players in their heyday, yet they employ a more entertaining, offensive style - think Glen Sather.

So maybe Pronger, being intimate with cheap and dirty plays, will be the perfect candidate to clean the sport up.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/09/14 at 01:18 PM ET


There have been some coaches who were scrubs or defensive players in their heyday, yet they employ a more entertaining, offensive style - think Glen Sather.

There have been guys like that, but being physically unable to compete at the highest level doesn’t mean you can’t comprehend the game at a high level.

That’s different, in my mind, to employing a guy who flagrantly broke the rules and played with no regard for the welfare of others in a role meant to protect the welfare of the players.

Posted by Garth on 10/09/14 at 02:24 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I agree with you Garth. I was just playing devils advocate.

I really dislike Chris Pronger (the hockey player) so I don’t think he has any business filling this role.
In fact, this really scares me as I think it’s an obvious sign that the NHL doesn’t mind the cheapshots and dangerous hits.
I think the line between legal and clean hits is going to widen even further.

It’s quite apparent that Jim Jacobs is running the NHL. This decision has his name written all over it.
When Pronger’s finished with this job, I’m sure Lucic will take over. Then they won’t even bother to put officials on the ice.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/09/14 at 02:45 PM ET

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