Concussed

Posted: 12/16/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

With the recent concussion injuries to Sydney Crosby and Chris Pronger it’s time to stop the madness. The simple fact of the matter is that concussions have risen in occurrence with the recent change in rules following the lockout. Interfering with an opponent was a great deterrent to slowing a guy down. With the game sped up, the result is more concussions.
There are other solutions. One is going to a larger ice surface. another laughable idea is going to four on four hockey. Can you imagine the length of the lockout necessary to get the NHLPA to capitulate to losing 20% of it’s membership? I swear these Hollywood Reporters playing the part of hockey bloggers is hilarious. Nobody I know laughs with them though.
The immediate solution is to go back to clutch and grab hockey. Perhaps on another day I will do the research to support the contention that concussion s have risen with speeding up the game. For now I’ll just state the obvious. Slow the game down until we can figure it out.
I only know of two things worthy of risking your health. Hockey doesn’t make that very short list.

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Comments
  1. Buick22 says:

    I agree with the last sentence, I don’t know if I want to go back to clutchmasters, but a few more stars get their careers ended, and they will have to do something, real helmets maybe? Multiple suspensions has not done the trick..the everyday speed of hits and the lack of boarding calls, has invited many of the hits, most come late as well. They have have taken their toll, and you can’t unring a bell, pardon the pun..

    • BackCheck says:

      Hey Buick22, nice to read you again. ‘Clucthmasters’ hockey is a great twist on it. Stronger helmets hasn’t made any difference in football. I’d prefer a larger ice surface but that really isn’t practical given the economics. It requires reconfiguring 30 arenas and we probably lose at least 1500 of the most expensive seats in each.

  2. bbdux93 says:

    What happens to a player’s pay when they’re on IR – especially one like Chris – out for the season. I can’t imagine they are paid their full salary, maybe their compensation is covered by insurance. I’m sure there must be something in each contract that addresses the cost and compensation for IR

    • BackCheck says:

      Hey bbdux93, NHL player contracts are guaranteed by the club and if the club defaults, by the league. I reread the Standard Player Contract (SPC) and insurance aside the guaranty covers any hockey or hockey-related injury. For example, if a player was injured at a club sponsored event such as a golf outing or Casino Night, the salary is guaranteed.
      The exceptions are a state of war or other extraordinary event that would cause the league to suspend or cease operations.

  3. brief22 says:

    We’ve definitely seen too many concussions in the NHL this year. It’s sad to see Sidney Crosby potentially end his career like this.

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