NHL: Does the League Want the Violence?

March 10th, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
All the rage in NHL circles these days seems to be about head shots, cheap shots, a lack of respect for opposing players and, of course, fighting.

It’s great that the NHL seems to always be in the headlines, but with all the negative press, can the NHL really be happy with all the extra coverage?

For the most part, the NHL is trying it’s best to be proactive, implementing new rules designed to punish players for acts of violence and careless behavior, including outlawing head shots.

Often, these types of plays result in a player being injured for a long period of time.

At the Winter Classic, we all watched in horror as the NHL’s poster boy Sidney Crosby went crashing to the ice after a questionable (yet unpunished) hit from Washington Capitals forward David Steckel.

For some, the NHL’s refusal to discipline Steckel for his actions was a slap in the face of Penguins fans, Sidney Crosby and NHL players in general.

To be fair, the NHL has long been criticized for a perceived lack of consistency when it comes to doling out suspensions, especially where head shots and dirty hits are concerned ...

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