>And fining Lemieux $500 is like fining *me* fifty cents. Why bother?
Should he be fined more because he makes more? Now that would be a
>>The league should go after ref's who don't protect superstars, or even
>>talented scorers. Hockey deserves its bad name if it cannot maintain its
>>talent pool. Other sports are sucessful because they protect their best
>>players from thugs. Mario Lemieux is by far the most talented hockey
>>player I have ever seen.
>Are you advocating a double standards for players? Should the referees then
>declare open season on players with less talent?
It should be enforced equally, of course. However, the other player don't
get "thugged on" as much because they are not the threat that the higher
caliber players are and of course don't have the puch as often in critical
>Referees should protect *all players* from *cheap shots*. It's that simple.
>If you're on the ice and you're hit hard but clean, too bad. If you're a
>star player and you keep getting hit, then maybe your team needs a big strong
>player who hits even *harder*, and hits particularly hard against those who
>check you. As long as all the hits are clean, that's the way hockey is
>supposed to be played in North America.
And from what I hear, Mario is not complaining about clean hits, or even
really cheap shots. I think he is complaining about simple holding, hooking,
interference, etc. penalties not being enforced as often as they should be.
As for clean, hard hits your are indeed correct. If you don't want Mario to
be hit then you have someone on your team hit the other teams star players
just as hard or harder. But again, I don't THINK this is the issue.
>The only place I know of where rules are in place to "protect" star players
>is the NFL rules concerning when and where you can hit quarterbacks.
>>Everyone who thinks Mario should have been suspended should hang their
>>heads. The damage it would do hockey to lose him would not be worth it.
>>I have been a hockey fan for many years, and NOT a pens fan, but it is
>>clear to me, from last year's playoffs alone, that Mario is harrassed by
>>officials beyond what you would expect. It is no wonder he is not
>>considered an ambassador to the sport.
>I refuse to allow one player--no matter how good--to rise above the game
>itself. And if you have to create rules with double standards based on
>a player's talent, then the game isn't worth defending anyway.
I agree. However, I really don't think any other player would have been
treated differently. If Mario had actually gotten to Fraser and bumped
him then I think he WOULD have been suspended. The minor bumping of an
official by Jagr a few years ago would have been used as the precedent.
But, he did NOT bump the official. And even if he was not intercepted, he
MAY not have. He may have only went up to Fraser and got in his face. You
don't know, I don't know, even Mario probably doesn't know for sure. Fact is,
it's all speculation. It didn't happen so nothing should be done.
As for throwing the stick, if he did try to hit Fraser with it then, yeah,
10 game suspension minimum. But if he did it just because his stick was
broken then nothing should happen. If he did it as a symbolic gesture, a al
a baseball manager throwing out bats and balls and helmets toward the umpire
but with no intent to hit him, then I would say a small fine and a game
>>But really, isn't being the best player in the world ambassador enough?
>>Hockey fans should wake the *** up and give the man his due.
>You can be an "ambassador" all you want, but rules are rules. Rules require
>that *all* players follow them, and since the rules allow clean hitting, *all*
>players are subject to being hit. Are you hoping to see hockey stars coddled
>and protected like NFL quarterback while others are allowed to hit the hell
>out of each other? What do we do...put special designs on "star" uniforms and
>give a two-minute penalty for touching them?
I agree. However, I think it is being blown out of proportion by Mario bashers.
I do not agree with what he did. Whether or not he likes it, he is a role model
to kids and he should not do stuff like this. However, I do think that he was
treated as anyone else would have been. And I do think it was fair.
And I do agree that star player should not be coddled. But I do think that
when obvious penalties do occur with such frequency then they should be called
whether or not that player is a superstar or not.
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