Monday, January 07, 2008

Goonery

It was another proud moment for the Philadelphia Flyers this past weekend. NHL discipline guy Colin Campbell, apparently playing the role of a parent who has given up, isn't handing out suspensions, but that doesn't mean there weren't plenty of opportunities.

Among them:

Derian Hatcher bit Travis Zajac. No, really, I'm not making that up.

Steve Downie, fresh off his most recent suspension, took a cheap shot at Andy Greene. Pay special attention to the "hit" Andy Greene dishes out to deserve said cheap shot.

After seeing the ante upped, Derian Hatcher tried to kill Alex Steen, and instead took out his own teammate. If you ignore the sad consequences for Lupul, it's actually quite funny that Steen knows that in order to protect himself, he has to get low, because Hatcher is going to try to hit him in the head.

And then Downie, in final attempt to show he's the most gutless player in the NHL, sucker-punched Jason Blake, while Blake was being restrained by an official. Sadly, as egregious as that is, it's actually a step up for Downie, who is at least now cheap-shotting opponents, rather than his own teammates.

What's funny is that any time you ever see a former NCAA player involved in one of these incidents, he's always on the receiving end. Furthermore, how many of these incidents do you see in NCAA hockey? Very few, if any. And ultimately, I believe that should cause the death of fighting in the NHL. There are referees out on the ice to hand out justice. Any time you allow a biased party to start handing out their own justice, you end up with gross over-reactions like the ones seen above. Take the guys who are just out on the ice to cause trouble off of the ice, and you'll end up with less trouble on the ice.

12 comments:

rr said...

Not to mention Adam Burrish gooning Keith Ballard after Ballard laid a clean, bone crunching hip check on Jack Skille in a recent game between Phoenix and Chicago. Lame, end of shift thuggery by Burrish.

Burrish will probably get his, eventually, in the form of the same kind of clean, bone crunching hip check, ala Keith Ballard.

Anonymous said...

You should add, that most NHL Captains are not ex-NCAA, they tend to be ex Major Junior players, as well as most League Award winners...

Your bias is pretty funny, and you view point quite selective..

Anonymous said...

If you think that the NHL is going to adopt their rules based off of what is happening in the WCHA you're on crack..

RR...you call that a bone crunching hit?? He attempted a hip check and ended up throwing a leg on Skille's knee....Burrish gooning him?? Face it, a Badger defended one of their own against one of your Goofers. Even though the U of M prefers soft hockey, sometimes you have to drop the gloves.

Anonymous said...

I meant NCAA instead of WCHA in my above post....sorry.

rr said...

Watch it again bud. It was a good hit.

Anonymous said...

Hardly a bone crunching hit....

Anonymous said...

Hey so what are you saying...that NCAA players are wimps?!?!

Well you know what? You're right!

This blog is so rabidly biased that the author has destroyed any credibility he once had. I use to come on here to gather information on the college hockey scene, now I come for a good hearty laugh.

There is more stick work and cheap shots in the NCAA than any other league. The reasons for this are simple, grown men(albeit small grown men) playing with full face shields and the full knowledge that fighting is not allowed.

Anonymous said...

7:23 is right. Kids get a lot tougher in the NCAA than they were in junior when they know they won't get dummied.

Anonymous said...

at least in the NCAA when the gloves do get dropped at the very small times they do it is for a damn good reason, in the NHL and major juniors they get droped cause the coach tells you to, I am not agents fighting when it is warneted to protect a teammate from a guy taking multipule cheep shots or some one consistintly hitting the goalie after the play, but come one how many times have we seen the gloves fall at the opening of a game or the start of the secound. Are we going to defend that?

Anonymous said...

That's part of the problem with NHL Hockey in the first place, all the stupid, egregious cheap-shots that go unpunished.

Maybe it happens just as much in the NCAA, but watching the WCHA I just don't see the kind of crap that happens in the NHL with little to no repercussion from the league.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame that Jack Johnson didn't end Downie's career with that cheap shot of his own a few years back. Downie is a total piece of shit, I'd really love to see him get his. This whole Flyers team is just a joke - and that includes management and coaches.

Anonymous said...

somebody call the whaaaaaambulance! that's just how we do on south broad street.