Stricter Minnesota youth hockey penalties are likely to be undone

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2012 - 7:30 AM

Rules were adopted soon after teen was paralyzed by a check from behind.

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tnucklJun. 19, 1210:04 PM

the game of mooks...teach them young and maybe someday their parents can be proud of how bad they beat someone up. Hockey is a fine contact game, but hockey parents and their mentality is beyond explainable.

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sternitzkyJun. 19, 1210:19 PM

Check from behind and you are out of the game. The players would learn very quickly not to do it.

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arielbenderJun. 19, 1210:25 PM

Out of sight, out of mind. The Minnesota Hockey Board of Directors are gutless.

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taxpayer17Jun. 19, 1210:50 PM

My daughter play HS hockey and son is a 2nd year Bantam. I had no problem with the changes as refs were rarely calling the penalty. Now there should be penalties for out of line coaches and parents then we may actually be able to watch a civilized game of hockey.

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hammarhead1Jun. 19, 1210:52 PM

In my 15 years of coaching, I saw very few referees who had the guts to call dangerous checks. You can't leave it up to them.

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suzukisvJun. 19, 1211:25 PM

"At the youth level the purpose is getting kids as much as ice time as we can. When you throw two kids in the penalty box for a major penalty and misconduct, what have you really accomplished? It makes the game all about special teams." Well, they might learn not to do the things that get them the major penalties. This statement says it all. They are more concerned with how the scoring is affected than kids safety.

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william16Jun. 19, 1211:56 PM

Minnesota Hockey appears more interested in protecting the status quo and the egos of a select few than the players actually playing the game. Compare MN youth rules with Canada, where the Canadian Hockey Assn takes seriously player health: depending on the severity, checking from behind is either a: 1) minor + game misconduct; 2) major + game misconduct; 3) match penalty. The penalized player may also incur add'l games missed. No surprise--since implementing these rules, Canada has experienced a HUGE decline in checking from behind penalties, injuries and paralysis.

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tom322Jun. 20, 1212:20 AM

A penalty too severe can create a reverse outcome. Referees invariably are reluctant to make a call that could result in extraordinary punishment, if they feel that the infraction doesn't match the severity of the punishment. An example of which is when two skaters from opposite teams are going after a puck. If the lead skater turns his shoulder and exposes his back, he may put himself at risk at being checked from behind. Despite the fact the trailing skater must still move to avoid the check, he might still make contact. A referee can - and arguably should - call a penalty for a hit from behind. However, if he questions whether the hit was avoidable, he will be reluctant to blow the whistle because he may estimate that the punishment is too much for the infraction. Consequently, no call will be made.

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myblunderJun. 20, 1212:41 AM

Everyone calm down. The Jackblonski incident was an extremely rare occurence. The game should not be changed because of one incident out of countless check from behinds that did not result in injury. Also, many times it is the fault of the player who gets hit. Think about it, if you rapidly turn towards the boards with a player skating towards you, what do you expect to happen?

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myblunderJun. 20, 1212:46 AM

Oh and the comments about hockey parents and coaches acting uncivilized etc. are extremely narrow-minded. Every sport has a small number of crazy parents and coaches. Get over your hate of the greatest game on Earth already!

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