Ten Days After: What We Can Take Away From Olympic Hockey

March 10th, 2010 by Russell McKenzie Leave a reply »
It's been 10 days since the men's hockey team of Canada woke up with a gold medal.

Looking back on the marquis tournament that took place in Vancouver over two weeks in February, players, coaches, general managers, and fans can take a few things away, in retrospect.

Let's start with the current hotbed topic in the NHL coming back from the Olympic break.

A few days ago, diminutive Boston Bruin forward Marc Savard was taken from the ice on a stretcher after a questionable hit to the head by Penguins bad boy Matt Cooke.  The most interesting thing was Patrice Bergeron watching from the Bruins bench.  A similar hit almost ended Bergeron's career.  He struggled with post-concussion syndrome, and recovered.  He now has a gold medal to prove it.

One thing that became apparent in the Olympic tournament is that entertaining hockey can be played, even in spite of rules that limit the kinds of hits that left Marc Savard limp against the Mellon Arena ice.

NHL general managers are beginning to take action themselves against these types of incidents. Eight GMs have been watching these shoulder-to-head checks very clo ...

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