NHL Player Safety In Need Of a Name Change

A train station is where the train stops. A bus station is where the bus stops and a metro station is where the metro stops. Perhaps the NHL Player Safety should be renamed the Trustworthy Station, or the Fairness Station? Because as it stands, the last thing the Department of Player Safety (DOPS) does is to protect players. Or should I say, it protects the aggressors at the expenses of the victim. At least when it comes to hits to the head. The decisions and actions (or lack of thereof) of the DOPS mirror the thought process of a guy who blames women for dressing up provocatively in justification of rape. It’s ridiculous, makes no sense and it’s just not right.

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Inconsistent Officiating Becoming An Issue In The NHL

In most sports, players rely on officiating for many reasons. Ensuring that the rules are followed is only one of them. In most sports, the officials’ decisions have a direct impact on the outcome of the games or the sport itself. A key part of their roles, regardless of the sport which they are officiating, is keeping fairness so that the results aren’t tainted. We all know the huge debates occurring in boxing or figure skating, where “referees” are called judges as they have to use their judgement to decide of winners… and that’s where things can get messy.

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