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Calgary, AB • Canada • 55 Years Old • Male
My son and I were at a park day the other day and he was playing road hockey in which he scored many goals and killed us and wore me to a frazzle. Now I am writing this blog about how much I am out of shape I am writing because of what took place at the game. One of the younger boys was playing to who had his stick up to high and my son (dougstr) was trying to teach him to keep his stick down, trying to teach him the rules about hockey. He was trying to let the boy know that he could hurt the other children with his high stick. It made realize how most of Pro NHL players could use the same lesson, about keeping their sticks down. Sometimes I think its the children who are the better example than the players. How many times are we seeing a high sticking penalty with a player using his stick somewhere else instead of the ice. How can the N.H.L. get any respect from the outside world if the players can't not respect each other.

The sticking is not the only problem, its also the spearing or the cheap shots and it usually from the same players, who do this over and over again. I love the game and great fan of this game, but I am always trying to explain to my friends or wife why this game is Canada's game after she is watching a dirty hit, or a cheap shot or sticking incident. How can we sell this game while our hockey players have no respect for its players. I am tired watching players smack each other over the head and hearing their coaches complain over the suspensions. I don't know what bugs me more the act it self or listening to the player trying rationalize to the world why he kicked the crap out of the other players. I know penalties are going to happen but this attempting to injure has to stop because sooner or later it will go to far, which it has already. Sometimes I think I should have my son talk to these players about acting like adults. I think my son is more mature than some of these players.

Which leads my back my son and how proud of him I was about trying to show the other kids how to play fairly its really to bad that the NHL players union hasn't learned the same lesson. I just love playing a good road hockey game with kids because I know I am not going get jabbed or hit with a high stick I am just know I am going to have kids smiling and having fun and you know what there is nothing better than seeing a kid with a smile on his face the way its suppose to be . I watched one of the best game I have seen all year in the Memorial Cup Champion Ship Game In which the Giants beat the Tiger 3-1 and you know what there were no stick incidents in that game hence it was fun to watch. Now how often does that happen .

Filed Under:   NHL Union fair play  
May 30, 2007 6:58 PM ET | Delete
Another fine blog, Flamestr! The Dougstr is indeed a son to be proud of...and a fine teacher as well.
May 30, 2007 8:03 PM ET | Delete
Well, Flames, it starts here, doesn't it? Kids learn early lessons about sportsmanship and fair play in the road with the other kids. We can only hope they don't get stamped out as they move through sports -- and life. Nice job.
May 31, 2007 9:03 AM ET | Delete
Flames! At it again! Nicely put. Scoop's right, if we're going to keep this the game we all love, it begins with parents teaching kids respect for the game. By this measure, the NHL owes you a debt of gratitude...you've done so well, Dougstr is spreading the message.
May 31, 2007 10:45 AM ET | Delete
I had the exact opposite experience this past weekend where my son chopped another kid in the head during road hockey. It was completely accidental but the result was that in most situations it takes an accident/mistake before any learnign continues. Unfortunately no one other than I was concerned about where his stick was, every one was to 'busy' trying to score...funny how life mirrors the art of the game we watch.PB
June 2, 2007 9:52 PM ET | Delete
Flames i know you dont need to be told this because you already know but it sounds like your son is a gem and is going to grow into an upstanding citizen, and to the extent of my knowledge he learnt from the best....keep up the good work with dougstr and keep the blogs coming
June 3, 2007 10:49 PM ET | Delete
thanks for the words everyone and thanks teddy
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