Passionate discussions retain tougher penalty

  • Article by: PAUL KLAUDA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 25, 2012 - 6:15 AM

A recommendation to undo stiffer penalties for illegal hits was turned down by the Minnesota Hockey board.

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irc218Jun. 24, 1210:09 AM

Bad decision.... maybe read about the importance of character in the leadship equation..... Is the goal for more kids to get hurt? People (even applies to kids) do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure. More time in the penalty box will equate to fewer penalties

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irc218Jun. 24, 1210:17 AM

Do you think those administrators/coaches that recommended/voted in favor to revert/reduce forgot what a concussion felt like, or a hit from behind 3' from the boards?

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SeaSharkJun. 24, 1211:46 AM

MINNESOTA HOCKEY is putting safety first here and doing the right thing by retaining the mandatory strict penalties and referee protocols adopted in response to Jake Jablonski's life changing injuries as the direct result of being illegally checked from behind into the boards last season.

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pinelakelindJun. 24, 1211:55 AM

A pat on the back to Minnesota State Hockey! We must put safety first when dealing with our students!

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eastsider45Jun. 24, 1212:12 PM

Minnesota Hockey needs to remember that it's the parents of the school kids who have the most power over their lives. If they don't clean this sport up we may just end the participation of our schools.

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irc218Jun. 24, 1212:13 PM

the article/author now states that they will keep the rule changes implemented after the injury to #13.... good decision!

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genodadJun. 24, 1212:28 PM

Go to no checking and be done with it. Other that or the old rules of checking only in your defensive zone and the rest of the rink fore checking allowed. These rules worked for years and then were changed in early 60's. Enough injuring of our youth for the sake of a few morons.

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wooderJun. 24, 1212:36 PM

Maybe that extreme kind of hit should have a season long suspension. I bet that would stop it.

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westlund19Jun. 24, 12 2:42 PM

Lost some respect for all that are commenting on here. Genodad... are you kidding me? Do you actually understand what your saying. I understand that what happened to Jack is horrible, I pray for him and his family everyday. The problem is these rules handcuff the refs in what they can call. If any of you have actually watched a hockey game with those rule changes, refs have to a 5-minute penalty no matter what and the affects are devastating to a team when often those hits should have at most warranted a 2-minute minor. At least give the refs the discretion to call a 2-minute minor or a 5- minute major. Checking from behind has never been a 2 minute minor its been a 2 and 10 fyi. Checking is a part of the game, it always has been. I hate to see a hit from behind its scary but there are hits that definitely do not warrant majors. Very disappointed by this decision as a coach and as a hockey fan.

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irc218Jun. 24, 12 3:43 PM

Westlund19 I am not interested in taking shots at you but then a kid has to choose and know when and how to make contact. I do not think that hits from behind and to the head are good for the game. A 5 minute major should impact a team. That is a point of the penalty. And by the way we all feel bad unless cognitive dissonance theory is involved. Evidently the the way some kids and coaches will learn is the hard way. As a coach, hcokey fan and a former player I am very pleased with this decision.

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