Skip to main content

Something's gotta give

Mike Kavanagh, Little Neck, N.Y.

Something has to be done when "clean" hits are more and more resulting in players being seriously injured.

The game has changed radically in many ways. The players are bigger, stronger and faster. The equipment is large, plastic and used to hurt the opponent.

The boards are now so rigid that there is really no noise when a player is checked hard into the glass. It’s like hitting a brick wall.

The old plexiglass would give quite a bit and the noise would really rev up the crowd. At the same time there were less injuries because the glass would give, rocking back and forth for a few seconds after a big hit.

I'm afraid someone is going to be injured badly or even die because the obvious is being ignored by the league and the Players’ Association.

TOP HEADLINES

Matty Beniers

Fantasy Hockey: The Top NHL Rookies to Target in 2022-23

There's a wide-range of good prospects looking to fight for the Calder Trophy in 2022-23. Here’s a look at 15 rookies who can make a significant fantasy impact for the upcoming season.

WJC 3 Stars
Play

World Junior Championships 3 Stars: Bruveris, Lysell, and Andrae Star On Day 4

It was a shorter day of action at the World Junior Championship with just two games. Tony Ferrari looked at three standout performances from Friday.

USATSI_17701791

Have the Panthers Done Enough to Stay at the Top of the NHL?

The Florida Panthers made some significant moves this off-season to re-shape their roster. But can they be as good as last year?