Ritter’s Rant: Candid Shots at the NHL and Head Shots

March 11th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
In light of the tough hits against Florida Panthers forward David Booth and Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard this season, the NHL’s adaptation of tougher rules against blindside hits is yet another example of the NHL’s refusal to deal with obvious safety issues until it’s too late.

Blindside hits have been an issue for eons; the fact that the NHL is only now dealing with them in an intelligent manner is a slap in the face to those players that had to pay the price by being victimized by long-term injuries or ending their careers early as a result of said hits.

The NHL was in existence for 70 years before they decided it would be a good idea to grandfather in the use of helmets in 1979—that's right kids, SEVENTY YEARS!!! Today, there are several other pieces of equipment that should be mandated by the NHL immediately, including the use of mouth-guards and visors.

The NHL’s refusal to do so reinforces the fact they they are not interested in protecting the players from themselves; that is, until it’s too late.

In another example of things that annoy me about the game of hockey—Anyone who watched Alex Ovechkin ...

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