TORONTO - The sickening sight of Senators forward Dave Dziurzynski lying face-first on the ice at the Air Canada Centre courtesy of Frazer McLaren’s lethal right fist will be for a long time embedded in the minds of all of us who were in the building to witness it.
And in the aftermath, before the fighting vs. anti-fighting fraternities use this ugly incident as a stage to voice their own opinions, the most important thing, as former NHLer Nick Kypreos pointed out Thursday afternoon, is that “the kid is OK and has a full recovery.”
We can all agree on that point, can’t we, people?
After that, this issue gets as polarizing and as politically incorrect as possible, especially when Kypreos suggests that, as unpopular as the notion may seem, Dziurzynski could have avoided all of this.
All the Sens rookie had to do when McLaren asked him if he wanted “to go” just 26 seconds into the game was to “just say no.”
“In this league, you have the right to wear or not wear a visor,” Kypreos said. “And you also have the right not to fight, even if someone asks you to.
“Twenty years ago, if you turned down a fight, you would be ridiculed in your own dressing room. You would be called a ‘chicken-bleep’ by your teammates. There was peer pressure to drop the gloves even if you didn’t want to.
“It’s not that way anymore. Now you can turn down a fight without any repercussions. Heck, you’ve got guys now who get high-fived by their own teammates for turtling! If you would have tried that crap 20 years ago, you would have got beaten up worse in your own dressing room.”