Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux ripped the NHL Sunday for going easy on the key combatants in Friday's brawl-filled game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders.
Lemieux rips NHL for brawl fallout
No more Broad Street Bullies, No more Big, Bad Bruins. No more Tie Domi. No more Bob Probert. No more Battle Ship Kelly. No more John Ferguson. No more Mad Dog Kelly, etc.
Today all we have are cheap shot artists, grandstanders.
The horrible INSTIGATOR rule has got to go before someone is killed.
Vince in Ottawa, 2011-03-20 01:53:31
Look out nhl you could go the same way
Lawrence Main, 2011-03-15 20:19:55
Yes, hockey is an aggressive and a rough sport game, but it is a WWF sport, neither an ancient Rome gladiators fight. It is a sport to be enjoyed by all fans in as civilized way possible, NOT IN A SUCH AGGRESSIVE WAY FOR A KILL OF THE OPPONENT!
I have always enjoyed playing the and watching sport since I was little, but although it was rough with fights involved, it was a more technical more civil of a game until Gary Bruce Bettman arrived in the scene!
What the hek, we all hockey fans remember the seventies and early eighties when admiring while at the same time (politically driven) hated the Russians and their technical game whenever they were playing with our North American teams! Yes there were fights but not one to kill each other although we hated each other so much for reasons not known to us, except we hated Russia!
Yes, my friends and I are disgusted with the rules that allows and encourages hits like this and its alike (remember Bertuzzi's hit 7 years ago to the day and its alike?). We started a petition to get our true technical hockey game back and get rid of the rules that allow extreme hits like the one upon Pacioretty and YES we will stop watching any NHL games and watch only CHL games until these rules are changed. Make a difference and support our petition to get our game back at : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hockey-Fans-Disgusted-with-NHL-Commissions-Promotion-of-Violence/195222117165687
Sal Moin, 2011-03-10 14:47:53
Gordie, 2011-02-17 11:44:38
Hockey is a fast violent sport. No one wants bench-clearing brawls al la Slap Shot anymore, but a good face to face dust up never hurt anyone. If someone does come over the boards, the penalty is a stiff one.
Let the referees do their job. These things are rare now and when they happen they're dealt with adequately.
Pragmatic, 2011-02-16 19:15:26
Fighting has always been a part of hockey and will never leave unless the league outlaws it.
That's not likely to happen because a good part of those who run the league and hockey fans don't mind a good fight under the right conditions or reasons. That's usually visible during the game or on the play.
It's actually more honorable to drop'em that to spear, slash, or give a headshot.
The problem is not the fighting that occurs spontaneously because of a play or built up emotion or conditions in a game, it's the premeditated stuff, like which happened between the Penguins and Islanders last weekend.
Just the fact the players themselves do not let up on the dirty plays and headshots means that there is no conscient respect shown by many players in the league once the skates are laced up and it's game on.
So while Mario may be 'hypocritical' by his rant, so are the players, coaches, GM's, and those running the League.
It's all a big load of BS.
The rules are there. The ref's have to enforce them - and get it right. The League has to start giving way stiffer suspensions, and fines from the player on up - 100 G's of fine was not a bad start to the Islanders.
From The Cheap Seats, 2011-02-14 20:05:07