My symptoms: If I do something that alters the elevation of my head or shakes my head (sit-ups, shadow boxing, quick up and down movements, a rough ride in a vehicle, etc) I will get pain in the back of my head to varying degrees (even very severe pain), dizziness and the feeling throughout the day that I am going to vomit. I have also had problems with my memory and speech. Let me tell you that life is often not enjoyable when you have concussion symptoms.
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Without question, the NHL has been making the right decisions by changing rules to protect the players. Who wants to watch dirty players like Lucic brutalize more skilled players? Yes, maybe someone sick in the mind like Mike Milbury, but no normal person wants to see it. I want to watch guys like Stamkos, Malkin, Crosby, Datsyuk, the Sedins, Selanne, Giroux, Kessel, Spezza, Lupul, Eberle and so forth and so forth. What makes hockey the best sport in the world is the never-ending action and excitement, and this excitement is created by the talented players, players who have the skill to make great passes, stick-handle, shoot, throw clean body checks, and make saves! This is the beauty of hockey and what it is all about! RULES are part of the game because dirty play gives a big advantage, ruins the game and makes it too dangerous! Infractions slow down the play and brutality prevents the best players from exercising all of their talent because they have to be concerned about someone trying to maim them! When Gretzky first entered the league I saw him (in a live game) leveled near center ice and it was definitely a situation where the intent was to injure. He was on the ice squirming for some time but fortunately he did not end up in the same condition as Sid. Gretzky’s career could have ended and we would have been robbed of all that he gave, just because of an animal who did not know how to do anything but play dirty. Something is wrong don’t you think?
Let’s be honest, the main reason why Chicago took Vancouver to seven games last year, and the main reason why the Bruins won the Cup is because the NHL allowed them to break the rules and brutalize the Canucks so that the Canucks could not play hockey the way it was meant to be played. Hockey needs to be refereed the same during the regular season and the playoffs, rather than letting the animals do what they want when playoff time comes around! The phrase “let them play hockey” makes NO SENSE AT ALL because when you let the animals do what they want it ACTUALLY PREVENTS the talented players from PLAYING HOCKEY! When you “let them play hockey” you don’t have hockey but a CIRCUS with a bunch of ANIMALS who are allowed to slash, crosscheck, board, punch, hook and hold! Come on people think it over and admit that I am correct on this point. Well, the special treatment that
It obviously does not benefit the league to have many superstars injured. In my opinion, suspensions should be even longer and fines increased because this is a sure way to reduce the number of serious injuries. Nobody wants to lose their salary or risk losing their spot on their team. You have to hit them where it hurts, in the pocket book. Hockey was meant to be played cleanly and that is what rules are for and the league needs to always keep that in mind.
Despite the fact that new rules have been put in place to protect players, I do not believe that the NHL has acted entirely unbiased regarding punishment. Brendan Shanahan’s favoritism towards Lucic is the most obvious example of this fact. Please access the following link and take a look at Lucic’s hit on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (
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Lucic lied about the matter of course, and Shanahan later took heat from the media for not suspending Lucic. Lucic committed another infraction on
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Shanahan gave Lucic a mere one game suspension, but I believe that many other players would have been given three games. Shanahan took more heat for the one game slap-on the-wrist suspension and subsequently he decided to act fairly regarding infractions by other
It is animals like Lucic and Marchand who ruin the game of hockey. It is a shame that the game became so perverted over the years by guys like Mike Milbury and I hope that the NHL decides to increase the length of suspensions and raises the fines, and to be unbiased in their decisions—before the fans get so frustrated that they don’t even want to watch. And, once again, I hope that they enforce the rules all year round and not just in the regular season; because, that is the only way that talented hockey players will have a chance to win the Cup without having the risk of injury significantly increased. If infractions occur penalties must be given, and that is why there are rules—and any child can see that. Why should talented players have to change their games for the playoffs and become like the animals in the league? Think about it.
Great changes are also occurring in minor hockey. When I played it was terribly brutal and I witnessed and was also the victim of vicious infractions and injuries (including a broken clavicle after a guy took a run at me from center ice and boarded me). The league and parents were to blame due to their teaching, encouragement and / or lack of exercising responsible action. This still goes on today but not near to the same extent. Non-hitting in house league is something that I strongly support. Let the kids have fun without having to worry about being cross-checked in the neck and left paralyzed.