On This Whole Supplementary Discipline Thing

Posted: 10/19/2010 by bc in Uncategorized
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Lex talionis, latin roughly meaning eye for an eye, is a subject that has consumed scholars since King Hammurabi about 1760 BC or prit’ near 3,760 years.

We hockey bums have only recently arrived to the discussion.

Whether it’s respected mainstream journalist Jim Kelley advocating for consistency; poster Steve opining on the OCR Ducks board, “The reasoning for the longer suspensions were the injuries suffered by said occurrences. If Seabrook isn’t injured by Wisniewski, a much smaller suspension is handed down.”  or the cries of, “That’s not fair” voiced or posted by Coyotes fan everywhere after Shane Doan’s triple gamer this much is certain:


Pominville has already missed 3 games (same or more than Seabrook IIRC) and isn’t even cleared to exercise let alone play. He’s still listed as out indefinitely.

Meanwhile Hjalmarsson missed two games and got back on the ice last Saturday.

Marty McSorely was suspended for a season for his slash to the head of Donald Brashear and I’m not sure if Brashear even missed a shift.

I can give you more than two examples, each under Colin Campbell, where the penalty and the resulting damage fail to rise to any known doctrine of crime and punishment.

Unless of course willy nilly Kangeroo Court is a doctrine of law.

The purpose of imposing sanctions on behavior is to discourage the behavior. Duh, eh.

IMO, the offending player’s team should pay a higher price than merely losing the services of its player for a few minutes, in the case of a major penalty or a couple of games in the event of recent suspensions.

What if, in addition to the fines and penalties the offending player’s team took on the cap hit of the injured player until the injured player returned to action?

Pominville, for example has a cap hit of $5.3 million. Until Pominville returns, Hawks would have to move $5.3 million in salary to the minors. Another way is the Hawks would simply forfeit $5.3 million in cap space and suit up its roster accordingly.

Remember Todd Bertuzzi’s allegation that Marc Crawford ordered the hit on Steve Moore? I never played in the NHL but I got close enough to tell ya first hand that coaches order hits all the time.

Not only did and do coaches order hits, it wasn’t all that long ago that teams paid players fines.

Frankly, I’m not convinced that the NHL wants to do anything more than manage the problem. Reducing violence and resulting injuries might be bad for business. I call it the NASCAR Syndrome.

Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, studies found more people went to car races to watch somebody die in a blazing car crash than did those who went for the outcome of the race.

Not surprising really, since humans once filled a coliseum to witness, among other things, lions devour people.

Maybe in some weird way transitioning from cheering as lions ran down and ate people to drivers surviving car wrecks to discussing Cooke’s hit on Savard is progress?

Yeah well, maybe those deeper questions are best left to finer minds than mine.

In the meantime, if the NHL is serious about reducing needless and gratuitous violence from the game, lets sanction the teams as well the players.

  1. czhokej says:

    It is what it is – fights attract people. Hockey is a physical contact game and that’s one of the appealing aspects of the sport. High % of spectators doesn’t understand the rules, but they get hyperexcited when the gloves are dropped. Intentional blind or dirty hits should be punished by suspensions.

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