If you have followed hockey since September 7, 2016 you have seen this problem. Why do I bring that day up? Because thats the day the NHL appointed Princetons own George Parros to the head of the table. Princeton you might recognize as the safety school of all ivy league, but I digress. You have seen a department named after protecting player safety do everything in their power to do the exact opposite. Day after day, year after year, it is jammed down our throats that the NHL is doing what they can to prevent headshots, thus decreasing the likelihood of their players getting CTE. I mean, seriously, how many times have you heard “This is the kind of hit the NHL wants to get out of the game” followed by a $2,500 fine or a “phone hearing” that results in nada.
When we talk about player safety, let me ask you this question. What play here is more dangerous in terms of player safety?
I’m not going to sit here and say I don’t think K’Andre should be suspended. This was a stupid play and he should be held accountable. What I’m saying is, how does a league that continues to tell us how much they care about head injuries let Austin Watson off the hook while they suspend a player for not even harming someone for three games?
Okay, scumbag play 100%. Possible suspension? I think anyone with a brain can see a sussy or fine coming this way. But again, in terms of PLAYER SAFETY – how is it that this warrants a meeting while Tyler Motte has head squished between shoulder and glass?
It’s nice to see Allan Walsh get into the mix on this because no one else is looking out for the players.
The guy who is supposed to have the players back doesn’t give a shit. He collects his paycheck, does what Gary wants him too and continues on through his day. Hell, we even called the guy for a comment and he didn’t even give us a call back. Why have a voicemail if you’re not going to use it George? How in the world are you too busy to answer a phone when you do quite literally nothing for the game of hockey? [ You can listen on this weeks podcast at 2:19:06]
The sooner Parros is removed from office, the sooner things will be done to protect player safety. Stop patronizing NHL players and fans by telling us you care while you have this clown in office.