Open letter to the NHL
It has saddened me to read about the brawl between Pittsburgh and New York Islanders on Friday. I am no fan of either team and my hometown Vancouver Canucks are at the top of the league (for the first time in history!) but it is time to call it a day. Hockey seems to have become a cross between WWE wrestling and UFC no holds barred fighting. NHL league officials seem happy to continue with this state of affairs as shown by their response to this brawl and the events that have led up to it. It is their failure in the little things that has led to the current state of affairs and until attitudes change hockey will continue to be about something other than playing the game by putting a puck in a net. Why is it that the tough physical NFL manages to get through a game without fights constantly breaking out? How is it that the NBA manages to deal harshly with players after altercations to prevent future violence? Sports are contact and sports can be rough but let’s start playing skilled hockey and not this abomination which sickens even Mario Lemieux.
Some minor league ice rinks have long been known as places where a hockey game occasionally breaks out during a boxing match but it is time the NHL decided which sport it is promoting. Until that time I will no longer be buying NHL merchandise or spending any time on their product. As a hockey fan that is truly my only voice and I exercise it as my right. And no…I won’t let the door hit me on the way out. 😉
P.S. I have been a Canucks fan since those ugly V-jerseys – and I gotta say the skate was the best logo ever! Remember Thomas Gradin – what a man – what a name.