NHL Power Rankings: Week 5
Stop Signs Needed On NHL Jerseys
When body checking was first introduced in hockey coaches taught their players not to hit players from behind because it could cause seriously injury. Most leagues in Canada had stop signs sponsored by McDonald’s stitched on the back of every hockey players jersey. They were put there so other players would remember that if the Stop sign was facing them they should not check.
It seems that the younger hockey players have learned that hitting from behind is wrong and in the NHL they still need to learn. The more that I watch NHL hockey I clearly see no attempt by players to lay off from hitting players from behind.
If anyone watched Saturday Nights game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Mike Van Ryn went into his own end to retrieve a puck clearly facing the glass and Tom Kostopulous hit him from behind. Van Ryn stayed down, as he was inured pretty badly. The result of the check from behind left Mike Van Ryn with a concussion, a gash on his forehead, a broken nose, a broken bone in his hand, and now will miss a month of hockey.
Last year All Star Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, was hit from behind by Philadelphia Flyers Randy Jones. Bergeron was seriously injured and lied motionless for minutes on the ice, he suffered a broken nose and a severe concussion and was out for the remainder of the season.
How about the infamous Ryan Hollweg on Chris Simon, Hollweg has been known to hit everyone from behind. He has already been suspended this year, I’m embarrassed to be a Leafs fans, he should be kicked out of the league.
The NHL needs to implement a severe suspension for players who check from behind regardless if the player is injured. If they’re not going to do this then they need to put stop signs on the back of everyones jersey to remind players to “STOP”.
Something needs to be done soon before someone breaks their neck and is injured for life.
Tom Kostopulous Hit On Mike Van Ryn From Behind