NHL Condones Blind Hits On Its’ Players, Not Illegal, NHL Official Says

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 6, 2016

The NHL has weighed in on the Nazim Kadri hit on Daniel Sedin, and decided it did not warrant further penalty and no further action will be taken against Kadri.

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Can you believe that: It doesn’t matter. North, South, East, or West. It does not matter, because in the NHL, it is not illegal. It is condoned.

Because the head is not the main point of contact. You can get whiplash from a hit like that, but hell, THE HEAD IS NOT THE MAIN POINT OF CONTACT. PERIOD.

Do that off the ice, elsewhere in the hockey arena, that would be a different story. It is illegal. A criminal offence.

As pointed out in my opinion piece, Canucks, Maple Leafs Third Period Rough Stuff Won’t Change A Thing In The NHL, professional sports leagues are out to make money. And they are protected and exempt from many of societal policies and laws.

The NHL is like any professional league. They are not out to make good valued citizens, that reflect societal norms, policy and laws.

If a player dies, gets crippled, or is unable to carry on their career because of assault or action of a criminal type, money will take care of it.

The player will be handsomely rewarded through insurance and possible lawsuit, and the game will continue on like nothing ever happened.

For our own animalistic pleasure.

As Pierre LeBrun, NHL columnist and TSN Hockey Insider, points out, banned hits, especially where a player can not see a another player coming, was discussed this past spring:

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The NHL will do whatever it wants to do, because they are an entity unto themselves, devoid of public and government accountability.

Why? Obviously the NHL Board of Governors, their president, local, state, provincial and federal governments, are not serious of getting rid of bush league tactics, and having NHL referees actually “police” the game.

If the referees are not expected to do that because “policing” is not their job, as I have been told, then get creative.

Maybe it is time to start levying criminal charges against harassment and bullying, and assault in the NHL.

After all the ice rink is the players and teams work site, and those antics are prohibited by law in both Canada and the United States, on all work sites.

Just like the NHL has spotters for its concussion protocol, I think the NHL should adopt a protocol to have police officers at every hockey game, paid for by the league, to “police” for criminal related activity on the ice.

Employers have the responsibility to insure a healthy and safe work place, or consequences of discipline and possible criminal charges may be brought down.

There is acceptable play in the game of hockey, and then there is unacceptable, disciplinary and criminally accountable acts of conduct.

Whatever the “code” is, the NHL risks another Bertuzzi-Moore incident:

“He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it.”
Paul Christopher, The Lucifer Gospel

But I believe the NHL, its players and teams prescribe to this quote:

“We’re doomed to repeat the past no matter what. That’s what it is to be alive. It’s pretty dense kids who haven’t figured that out by the time they’re ten…. Most kids can’t afford to go to Harvard and be misinformed.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard

Once again, the NHL is like any professional league. They are not out to make good valued citizens, that reflect societal norms, policy and laws.

The player will be handsomely rewarded through insurance and possible lawsuit, and the game will continue on like nothing ever happened.

And the world goes on.

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