When It Comes to Discipline, NHL Remains a Garage League

by | Nov 26, 2019 | News, NHL | 5 comments



  1. Everything in this article is dead on truth. As I said the other day, the NHL’s Player Safety department is a mirror image of our judicial systems which tend, for the most part, to take the lesser penalty route than actually testing the effectiveness of a hard, maximum penalty. Never mind “garage league” – how about “bush league?”

  2. couldn’t agree with you more this is truly bush league from the on ice calls or lack of calls specially during the play offs when the games count more the whistles get put away it really doesn’t even come close to measuring up to other leagues professional or not

  3. That’s true. They should call the game the same at the start of the season the middle the end and the playoffs as well. Consistency would be nice

  4. My two cents, especially aftern Czrnak from TB gets 2 games for his gross and blatant elbow to one of the young and upcoming stars in the league.

    It does not start with the suspensions, it starts with calling penalties. If the NHL wants to be seen as not bush, it needs to call penalties, especially infractions against the stars.

    Call everything you see. No “game management “. It will not take the physicality out of the game. It is the mentality of the rule book and what is and is not acceptable.

    For instance, Burtuzzo’s cross check is normal in the context of NHL hockey. That Arvidsson was so badly injured on the play and in such a vulnerable position is not normal. So he got injured.

    Watch, every night a dman will give a stiff crosscheck to a guy on the ground.

    Burtuzzo was getting a penalty on the play because Arvidsson dove, so, typically, the Ref won’t call two, so Burtuzzo earned his penalty by giving Arvidsson the business, something not normally called.

    So the reason Arvidsson got hurt isn’t because suplimentary discipline not being more than a joke but the culture and what is typically allowed in game.

    When that goes wrong and someone gets seriously hurt, all of a sudden it is a problem.

    The NHL needs to enforce the rules that it has. We would see, clean, fast, skilled hockey. More goals, hitting would still be there, less scrums and stupidity.

    What Burtuzzo did was wrong but what he does happens every night in the NHL just someone got hurt.

  5. Without commenting specifically on this case, I have to say that I am against imposing suspensions based on how long a player is injured. The suspension should fit the action of the player regardless of the outcome. ThereAre many examples of players not getting injured on dirty plays but could’ve should result in suspension’s. Conversely there are players who get injured on an every day run-of-the-mill penalty and make it look much worse then maybe it was