Prof. Cara Violini
December 10th, 2018
Has Hockey in Canada Been Ruined or is it Improving
Hockey in Canada has been on the rise for the past 10-15 years, just look at the statistics. Although some may make the argument that the game is becoming “soft” or boring to watch because, every league has demised most of the fighting and physical contact out of the game completely. For a true hockey fan, that is not the case. Nowadays, hockey has been based off the speed, the skills and the smarts of a player, which is what fans go to the games to see these days. Without all the fighting and dirty physical play of the game in today’s game, there are a lot less injuries to deal with and because of that, more players get better opportunities to go farther in hockey. Because todays hockey games are more exciting, it intrigues more fans to want to come to the games, which brings more money to the teams and to the players. Hockey has evolved into what would be considered a better and more exciting game.
In todays game, hockey is all about speed, smarts and skills. It’s a big difference from how hockey was played 20 years ago. Back then hockey was a lot slower, had less fans and the all-around game wasn’t even close to on par with what todays game brings. Back in the day, players smoked vigorously, even during games! Today players choose not to smoke or do anything harmful to themselves because, the game is played at such a high intensity and takes a large tole on their bodies that if they did smoke or do drugs for say, they wouldn’t be able to play the calibre of hockey that is required of them to succeed. “New school hockey which is best defined as actually playing hockey, when compared to old school hockey” (Old School Hockey vs. New School Hockey: a debate that needs to die). Hockey today is looked at as “what can I do to help my team win?” versus back in the day it was “who can I hit? Who am I going to fight this shift?”. The game of hockey has evolved since the 90’s and has turned into an all-around game of skill and speed, which in my eyes is a more exciting game to watch.
Because of the descent of physical play and fighting in todays game, there has been a major decline in both injuries and suspensions in the game of hockey. In todays game, you don’t see too many players going out of their way to make a big hit on another player, which is why the game has improved. Without the dirty players in the game to injure others, hockey can evolve into a more skilled and improved game overall which would be more entertaining for both players and fans. Fans don’t like seeing injuries and suspensions happen in games, especially when it’s the star player of a team, “players at all levels experience injuries, most notably head injuries, which scientific evidence suggests is having serious and at times debilitating effects (short and long-term) on players”( Adams, Stephen: If You Don’t Want to Get Hurt, Don’t Play Hockey, pg.249)....