I guess NHL players will never learn. Night in and night out lure of a victory and the all might dollar have players treating each other like meat. Today’s players have lost all respect for one and other. While looking over some headlines this morning I see that not one, but two more players are in trouble for cheap hits. Dan Boyle needed a stretcher to get off the ice after being hit by the St Louis Blues Maxim Lapierre. NHL.SI.com reported that Lapierre “earned a pair of five-minute majors — one for boarding Boyle and one for taking a beating from San Jose’s Andrew Desjardins—along with a game misconduct.”
Jason Chimera‘s wallet just got a little lighter. The NHL has fined Chimera $4,487.18 for his hit on Edmonton Oilers defensemen Justin Schultz. As with all fines the money will go into the Players Emergency Assistance Fund. Reported by NHL.com.
I have a few questions for the NHL players. What is it going to take to fix your problem? Does a player need to die due to a cheap hit, and how are you going to feel if you are the one who delivers that hit?
I know hits are a big part of what fans love about this game. I like them too, but this is not about hockey. This is about the right way to play, and the lack of respect some players are showing.
Let us know your thoughts on the hits.