Damien Is So Right

Further to my article of last night, others are also seeing the serious flaws in the pro game as exposed by the “kids” in the world junior championship:

“This, needless to say, is a problem the NHL runs into when its brand of sports entertainment s juxtaposed with the world juniors or, as will be the case next month, the Olympics. By comparison, the NHL looks mechanical, passion-less and full of phony theatrics.”


Now granted there isn’t much more entertaining than a game 7 of the NHL playoffs, but the regular run of the mill NHL regular season game like we witnessed either of the last 2 nights when the Toronto Maple Leafs played is just plan old dull.

“Sad thing is, this is where so many of those fine youngsters who competed in that glorious gold medal game on Tuesday in Saskatoon are headed. Whether they want to or not, they’ll be playing in a league that in mid-season too often is part-hockey, part-Gong Show.”

Let’ hope that as the kids move up the ranks to the NHL, the game will improve with higher skill players and less Jamal Mayers types.



Damien is here

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January 7, 2010 12:19 pm

There were a LOT of bad games in the WJHC. Granted the final and the other US-Canada game were great, but the truth of it is most of the games were average to very poor. I hate it when comparisons between one event game are made to a regular season NHL game. Of course there isn’t going to be the intensity in game 43 of an 82 game season as a Gold medal championship game. That is what makes the event games special. While we can dream of having a six team or ten team NHL with only the best players and therefore world class competition every night, that is just not going to happen in reality. I think it is an unfair comparison to make holding something as special as a Gold medal game up to a regular game. There are also a lot of dog games in the CHL regular season as well and these shining stars of this game are heading back there for some boring mid-season hockey as well.

January 7, 2010 7:21 pm

@CD….agree 100%

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