Reportedly, Don Sanderson of the OHA Whitby Dunlops has died as a result of complications sustained in a fight during a game on December 12th, 2008. I’m at a loss for words, in a sense, regarding this tragedy. I’ve cheered on Marty McSorley and still find myself drawn to crowing for my favorite teams goon when I’m watching an NHL game, but I would hope that Hockey’s leaders will finally take a view to eradicating intentional violence from the game. The fact that this happened in a league outside of the NHL shows that a “culture of violence” has no place in the sport. Lives and careers are more important than “Market Value.” Let’s leave the fighting and killing to the military and the thugs of the world.
Note: I’ve since learned that the OHA is a league that ejects players from the game for fighting. I don’t know if it changes anything, but it must be considered by both factions in the “fighting” debate. To the ‘anti-fighting” crowd I think it shows that harsher penalties for fighting don’t mean there won’t be fighting – which would appease the ‘pro-fighting’ guys a bit. But, for the ‘pro-fighting’ crowd the fact that there are harsher penalties and yet a death still occurred indicates that harsher penalties won’t change much of anything.
Of course there are those that compare the dangers of fighting in hockey to the dangers of driving a car, but they obviously don’t have much education because the potential for danger while driving does not come paired with the freedom to ram into drivers you don’t like.
There are valiant efforts and there are cryin’ shames. And, its a cryin’ shame that Russia iced the puck with just a dozen or so ticks of the clock left in regulation; or, that they couldn’t get it past Subban(?) with just over 10 seconds to go – twice.
But fatigue plays a factor in these cometitions and for some reason the IIHF wants tired teams playing for the second night in a row. I’m not saying it would have made a difference in the game because I don’t have to, everybody knows it. But you also create your own luck and Canada believed it could happen until the end, and you have to hand it to them for that. They also did what they do best – they dump the puck in and chase it down with frenzy. I again have to defer to this article:
http://deanbrownblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/ducks-are-right-kind-of-dirty.html. Continue reading
*writer’s note: I’m watching on my DVR, so I’m not necessarily live…
Is John Tavares playing in this game?
The real star of Canada is Dustin Tokarski. Where would they be without this little spark plug? Some great play by Ennis, Subban, Kane, and Cormier.
Della Rovere continues to disgrace the Canadian team and it’s a wonder how he’s getting away with it. The game is working into the Canadian game-plan of flooding the game with penalties. The Russians need to continue to come together as a team, rather than a group of individuals and after some shaky decision making early are looking solid. Continue reading
Has Ron Rolston Ever Heard of John the Baptist? His head may soon be on a platter.
I haven’t watched the game, yet, but the knives are out. I’ll have more later after I watch the game, but I’m hoping that USAHockey doesn’t cow-tow to the forces that want more aggro in the game.
Instead of calling for Rolston’s head, USAHockey should be filing complaints with the IIHF-brass which dropped the ball after the Canada/USA game. When will the IIHF stand up to the Canadian-dominated media and the continued descent into anti-hockey? Where is the IIHF after what happened on New Year’s? No reviews of the incidents after the second Canadian goal by both teams? No review of the Boarding call on Della Rovere? No condemnation of both teams taunting the opposing bench? Even the NHL would have handed out suspensions after that game – to both sides. Continue reading
What a game!
Nothing like the officials, both on ice and off, helping their boys back into this game. I’ve never seen worse officiating in a game. The “chippiness” of the Canadians was downright disgraceful. In youth tournaments you’re not supposed to let Canada throw hits after the whistle, attempt to paralyze one of our best defensemen with one of the worst major-boarding hits I’ve ever seen, and let the Canadians taunt the Americans in front of their own bench, then call no penalty for a blood-drawing cheap-shot. I’ve seen referees overwhelmed by the atmosphere of a home crowd before, but never like this. I wonder if hockey officials are gamblers? Continue reading
I wonder why players end up hating LA?
Could it be because LA fans love to take a turn kicking them once we’ve torn them down?
I think this was a disrespectful move by Lombardi to Labarbara.
He should have sent him to Manchester and allowed him to at least get claimed, cuz he would have, and who really needs a 7th round pick?
I’m sorry, but Dean you should be ashamed of yourself.
It seems an insult to trade your No. 1 of a month ago for a 7th round pick. Continue reading
The USA mens under-20 Ice hockey team routed the Khazakhstan team by a significant margin.
The United States team was not eager to embarrass and showed class by not pouring it on. The one exception being a retaliatory goal directed, hopefully, as an answer to the very dirty elbow thrown late in the game on a US-team defenseman.
No fists were called for as the Americans used sportsmanship to prove their point — Play out the game cleanly and we won’t press to score, other wise….
I will update this post with links, later.