The truth, according to Mario Lemieux
If more moms owned hockey franchises, there would be a lot less violence.
No mom wants to see her kid pummel the enemy on the other squad, and no mom wants to watch her kid take one for the team.
Hockey is a dangerous sport. Remember Ted Green years back? All that slamming into the boards and fighting can leave a player with a plate in the head, or paralysed for life or concussed so badly they can’t remember to go to the bathroom.
So we should thank Mario Lemieux for stepping up and challenging what has become a gutless game full of goon squads who use deliberately cheap shots to provoke fights or to injure supremely gifted players like Sidney Crosbie. Wayne Gretzky knew the game had changed, lo those many years ago, when the goons came after him. Today’s hockey — maybe thanks to guys like Don Cherry, the Jerry Springer of the game — is a rock ‘em sock ‘em mess which has left promising players like Eric Lindros non-functional.
Is this the kind of behavior we want our Timbit players to mimic ?
Kids already see enough violence on the television screen and in the video games their dads buy them. They are already desensitized to violence and mayhem, so they don’t need any new role models, thank you very much.
I watched highlights of the Friday night game between Pittsburgh and New York, and I was disgusted. I thought I was watching Gladiators.
Instead of vilifying Lemieux, we should be applauding the man. He has done what no other owner to date has had the guts to do.
He has spoken the truth about our national game.
Aside from the seal hunt, it’s our second national disgrace.
We need bigger fines for the goons — hit ‘em where it hurts. There needs to be a higher standard of play.
And we need more owners to actually care about the players they employ.
Hockey should be a game of skill, not of skull-cracking.
Let’s keep the dialogue going; let’s make the NHL, somehow, accountable.
If for nothing else but the fate of future Timbit players.