Taiwanese animators created a video that explains, in their mind, the implications of increased violence in hockey. The animation here is violent and does contain blood. Also, this is a complete fabrication, but entertaining nonetheless. Here is their video:
Not even into the 2nd round and the suspensions are piling. Just confirmed by the league and Brendan Shanahan, Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely for his hit on Marian Hossa. This suspension will be one of 7 suspensions already accumulated during the short series. Although the fans are watching, the league should know that this is not the way hockey should be played.
Here is the Torres incident:
Nicklas Backstrom has also been suspended 1 game for his cross-check on Peverley.
Carl Hagelin has also been suspended for his hit on Alfredsson. His suspension will be a total of 3 games.
Simply put, the league needs to identify the rules so that the players can fully understand and play responsibly. Also, the implications of the rules need to be swift, harsh and fair towards all players. No more should a player, based on his status, be treated differently and above the rules. Changes need to be made and rules need to be upheld.
- According to the New York Times, “4 players have been suspended, and 724 penalty minutes have been assessed, including 158 in Sunday’s chaotic game between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.” This was all accumulated before Monday night. This was also covered in a previous post.
- The Philadelphia Flyers are use to this type of action. In “the regular season they led the NHL in total penalties (472) and penalty minutes (1,318). They also had the third-most major penalties (58) and tied for the third-most fighting majors (57).”
- These wrestling matches against the two teams have generated a “2.3 rating — which equates to about 2.7 million U.S. households — also was the most watched since NBC retained the rights to NHL games in 2006.”
- Also, and as stated before, “the players voted 99.5% to 0.5% to NOT ban fighting.”
- The St. Louis Blues have been out of the playoffs for awhile. In fact, “the Blues won their first postseason road game since 2003, snapping an eight-game skid.”
- Also, the Blues haven’t had a “playoff victory since April 12, 2004 against the Sharks.”
- Even further back, the New York Rangers “enter the Stanley Cup playoffs as a No. 1 seed in the East [for the first time since 1994].”
The NHL is a league that holds it’s players accountable and their actions responsible. If, for example, a player acts out of accordance of the rules they are either held in the penalty box or have to explain their actions to Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan has become the leagues disciplinary head. He reviews plays and actions and considers suspensions and/or fines for players. And lately, he has had his hands full.
Just recently, the NHL playoffs exploded with hay-makers, hair-pulling and body-slams. These actions are meant to be reserved for wrestling matches, but they were evident in almost every playoff match over the weekend. However, this type of violence is often viewed with a smile by the players and coaches. In fact, in a recent poll the players voted 99.5% to 0.5% to NOT ban fighting. Players are often quoted on how they think fighting adds to the intensity and overall enjoyment of the game–both for them and for the fans.
With that being said, it should be noted again that the players will be responsible for their actions and that the NHL, with the aid of Shanahan, will review, suspend and fine where necessary. The players are responsible for their actions and the NHL is responsible for the punishment.
Rinne save against Zetterberg
Day 1, Game 1 proved to be good for the NHL Playoffs. More games start again today. Enjoy the series and expect to see some more action.
According to ESPN, these are the top NHL overtime goals. Not to spoil anything, but the St. Louis Blues have to be hurting after watching this:
This Arena was erected in 1996 after 3 years of construction. It holds over 21,000 people and is known around the NHL for holding the largest capacity of fans. In addition to holding the Montreal Canadians, the Bell Centre is also home to some of the biggest acts. In Canada, it can be considered one of the busiest around. Also, in 2008 the Bell Centre “was the 6th busiest arena in the world based on ticket sales for non-sporting events.”
2) Xcel Energy Center–Home to the Minnesota Wild
The Xcel Center has been known to be one of the most exciting venues across the United States. In 2004, Xcel was ranked ‘as the best overall sports venue in the U.S.’ by ESPN. Also, according to NHL.com, the Minnesota Wild set a record as an expansion team selling out all home games and amassing more than 750,000 people in their first season (2000-2001).
3) Minsk Arena–Home to the HC Dinamo Minsk (Russian Website)
Home to 15,000 plus fans, the Minsk Arena is the largest KHL arena and one of the best in Europe. The arena held the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2010, the 2nd KHL All-Star game and will also hold the IIHF 2014 World Championship. The arena is a multifaceted venue and continues to hold various events for fans around Belarus.
Extra: University of Michigan–The Big Chill at the Big House
The Big House is home to the biggest hockey game ever held. There was an excess of 100,000 fans watching Michigan Wolverines battle Michigan State Spartans. The final score was 5-0 in favor of Michigan. Overall, the game was a ferocious display of enthusiasm for what some people consider to be the greatest sport of all time.
The International Ice Hockey Federation, or the IIHF, started in 1908 in Paris, France. The original name was called Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace (LIHG) and consisted of 5 original members: France, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain and Bohemia. Germany joined later in the year as the 6th member. In 1911, the LIHG officially started using Canadian rules, as Canada had formed the informal rules in 1873.
The league has now crossed over to other parts of the world. Just recently, India held the 2012 Challenge Cup of Asia of which the United Arab Emirates won first, Thailand finished with 2nd and Malaysia captured bronze. The tournament started in 2008. Here is a preview of the 2012 tournament: