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While I agree that player safety is important, changing the rules and making penalties stiffer will not stop kids from getting hurt. It's a risk all players take when they step on the ice.
Increasing the penalty is a good first step.
Increasing the time of a penalty will not change anything. Kids are not thinking about the time of the penalty when they hit someone or get hit. Most checking from behinds are not intentional. People have to realize in any contact sports there is a chance bad accidents will happen.
"Kids are not thinking about the time of the penalty when they hit someone or get hit."
I respectfully disagree. You do no often see spearing, butt-ending, etc because they are major penalties that really hurt a team's chance to win. While this will take time for the players to adjust, in time you should see less of these hits because of the consequences of a major penalty.
I fully expect youth football to follow suit and remove tackling and hitting because of the neck, head, shoulder, arm, wrist, knee, ankle injuries that happen every week throughout the youth football season.
This will be a nice start, but don’t expect it to change much of anything. I think that it will do the exact opposite. Referees, who don’t really call these types of penalties to begin with, will be even more reluctant to put a person in the penalty box for a major penalty vs. a minor penalty. I hope I’m wrong, but refs need to start calling all the penalties they see so that kids learn how to play the right way to keep the game as safe as can be expected.
over reaction to something that isn't a problem. make all penalties a major and a 10 if you want the game to be completely safe. tripping but the player had the potential to get hurt on the play so we are going to go with a 5 and 10.
As tragic as this accident was, I don't think that we need to stiffen the penalities so much. Checks from behind happen, 99% of time they are a accident. Hockey is pretty safe alternative to other activites that kids do, drive, drugs and on and on.....
I can see many of the commentors have their blinders on in my opinion. Many of these hits are intentional. Coaches want their players to intimidate the better puck handlers and shooters on the opposing team to get them off their game. Many of the intentional hits are away from the puck and thus most likely not called by the ref. Oh by the way hitting someone from behind doesn't make a man out of you - that was for those that encourage hitting and think it is the way hockey should be played
This is truly a tradgedy that could have happened to any one of the youth hockey players throughout the state and country. It sure would be nice if the MEDIA would start reporting what actually happened to Jack. He wasn't hit from behind. The penalty called against the player from Wayzata was for boarding, not a check from behind. Jack was hit first spun around and the second hit is what caused the injury. He went back first into the boards, not head first. So although this was a horrible accident, please start reporting what actually happened.
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