wprager wrote:OK, so now you are bringing in a whole lot of other things, such as pros get compensated and juniors don't. The real issues is whether or not head shots should be in the game, or whether the league should try to do *something* to take them out.
It doesn't concern me if my suggestion is not exactly what they instituted in the minors; what concerns me a hell of a lot more is that *this* league has done nothing. And to say that it's OK for them to get hurt because they get paid for it is also not the strongest argument.
Cops get hurt, but I doubt anyone would say it's OK. They wear bullet proof vests to prevent injuries By some of the arguments I've heard here, they should be walking around in shorts and tees because if you get shot it's just part of the business they're in. And they get paid for it.
Whether you agree with the principal of the argument or not, The NHLPA will take care of injured players along with the insurence on their contracts, The OHL and something like the ODMHA doesnt have that ability. Becoming somewhat of a vegtable as a teen and being unable to earn a living of any sort is a lot different then an NHLer who will get compensated. Those are HUGE factors is the illegal head shots.
It's not "OK" for someone to get hurt, but thats the risk they are taking, plain and simple. If Okposo ran into his own player with his head down like that and his helmet fell, head hit the ice, and died... what do you do then? It was an accident and unless they stop playing the game like its supposed to be player, injuries are part of it. No getting around it.
Protecting kids and teens is differnet then protecting grown men getting paid millions of dollars to play a game. Granted, NHLers are not the smartest group of guys in the world, but they are still smart enough to make their own choices.
If that Phaneuf hit is made illegal or deemed a penalty then hockey as we know it wont be played. No intimidation factors, no physicality, very little emotion, it goes on and on.