Girls' hockey player hospitalized after check from behind

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2012 - 7:09 PM
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kannooJan. 7, 12 5:38 PM

It's a checking-from-behind injury or a boarding injury. Not a "back-check" injury. Please research a little before trying to write an article on a subject you know nothing about. Back-check = to skate back toward one's own goal while closely defending against the offensive rushes of an opposing player

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elmore1Jan. 7, 12 5:46 PM

We need to put the "STOP" patches on the backs of jersies and educate coaches and players about vulnerable hits. This is getting to be too frequent. It is just a game.

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oscarfallsJan. 7, 12 6:44 PM

Yes STOP patches will make this all better. Our fear of checking has caused us to not coach players on how to check properly and therefore no one learns how to receive a check properly. Players also skate into the boards with their back exposed or turn before they are checked. There are ways to reduce the amount of injuries through proper education and coaching, but in the end this is a high speed and dangerous sport. That is why it is exciting to play. Life has risks, know them before you engage in any activity. My heart goes out to those that suffer, but window dressing measures only make us feel like we are making a difference and avoid the real issues.

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europeaJan. 7, 12 7:03 PM

I think both unfortunate recent injuries have a common thread. The decision to not teach girls how to check includes the decision not to teach them how to check safely and particularly how to defend against being checked. The decision to not teach boys how to check and avoid a check until their weight is so high means that they are making their mistakes at a stage where the consequences aren't a bruise, but rather a concussion or a break. The worst injuries I've seen come up in the JV, Gold, and Women's programs where the teaching is haphazard or the player size is too heavy for the low(er) ability and skill level. Teach everyone to check and to protect against the check, and start the training early, when the kids are light and comparatively less forceful.

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Pelican54Jan. 7, 12 7:33 PM

Why is this sport such an obsession? A sport where fighting is the rule rather than the exception. We start kids at age 3 plus? It's controlled mayhem that's out of control.

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northsportsJan. 7, 12 7:48 PM

The lack of respect for opponents and their safety has been an issue for some time in hockey and is especially unacceptable at the youth level where adults are responsible to maintain safe and fair play. Hopefully all pro and amateur authorities will wakeup and put safety first again by enforcing the rules accordingly(not just for 2 months either after Crosby gets hurt or something catastrophic happens). Players choosing to play outside of the rules at all levels and showing a lack of respect towards their opponents safety need not be playing ! This has been brewing for a while and we have been fortunate to have not had more and worse instances than we have had just recently. It did not help the situation at all to have the Wild(numerouis players) become the target of some major cheapshots(hits from behind etc.) with little or no repercussions(absolute joke Shanny/NHL). I can still picture the Wild's game against Edmonton recently where 2 Edmonton players jumped(charging) and threw elbows(elbowing) at the Wild's players heads(match penaly/intent to injure) without receiving even a minor penalty let alone the appropriate penalty(5 min. plus) and further disciplinarian action also. There were 19,000 fans at that game plus tens of thousands more watching on TV. Many of whom were young hockey players. A few years ago a pro athlete tried to deny that he was a role model. The problem with that is that pro athletes are role models whether they like it or not. They only get to decide whether they are good(or bad) role models by their actions. Last year the legal authorities became involved after one of the Boston players nearly killed one of the Montreal players by intentially running him into a stantion after he had dumped a puck in. It is past time for the hockey world to wake up and properly police their own game. No exceptions and No excuses !!!

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ranger1873Jan. 7, 1211:33 PM

Checking of any kind is illegal in girls' hockey. If there is a coach out there that is teaching players to 'take the body' he or she should be fired. Period. Bill Kronschnabel was a fine referee and he knows what he's doing. Europea has an excellent point. Players need to know how to receive checks -- as a safety measure.

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philipp10Jan. 8, 1212:15 PM

Why does hockey need checking at all. Soccor doesn't have it so why should hockey need it? Seems to me the game would actually improve without checking because then stick and puck handling would be the centerpiece of a good hockey player.

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gogogomez6Jan. 8, 12 5:04 PM

The sport is governed by USA and MN Hockey. You cannot be a coach without being educated. The only sport in which you have to continually progress to higher coaching levels to even be on the bench. And fighting is illegal in hockey. Its only tolerated at the pro level so stop with the fighting in hockey arguement.

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iceman3Jan. 8, 12 9:15 PM

this sport should be removed from public high schools.

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