I really love hockey. I enjoy the game and I like the competition between the teams. There is almost nothing better than a good pizza and some friends, sitting around and watching hockey. I used to play ringette as a younger version of myself, and I have known how to skate for as long as I can remember. But lately, it seems to me that the game that I and many others know and love is changing, and not for the better.
Whether you watch hockey or not, the increase of so-called ‘headshots’ in recent games has become more and more evident. From the loss of Sydney Crosby after the Winter Classic game to the most recent hit on Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadians, we are starting to see a trend of real injuries in the game. And I don’t like it.
This game used to be about skilled skating, speed, heads-up plays, and great teamwork. The kind of thing you still see at the World Junior Championships, for example. But now, the goonery in the NHL seems to be taking over. It’s such a shame. The great game of hockey deserves better. Not only for the fans who miss watching a great game, but for the players – who are real people, with real families, and real lives. Something has got to give… Something has got to change.
For the love of a great game.