Given the paucity of coverage in the U.S. for hockey not played under the NHL umbrella, there's a chance you've not heard of
Cormier, a third-round pick of the Devils (2008) who captained Canada's team in the recent World Junior Championships, is facing a long-term suspension for his
I won't offer up another "this must end" column decrying the horrors of blows to the head at every level of the sport. I and many of my colleagues in the hockey-writing community have been decrying them for well over a decade. Next to nothing has changed. Instead, let me present the
A league that gives penalties for shooting a puck over the glass and hands out a suspension for speaking badly of ex-girlfriends can't find its way to a rule that protects players during or after hockey? Find me a jury that will buy that argument. A solid court case that exposes the concept that decimating even the most talented players is part of the "cost of doing business" will have a much greater impact. Who wouldn't like to see an owner or commissioner explain in open court why it's impossible to make a rule outlawing blows to the head when the NFL, arguably the most violent league to hit the big stage since the lions took on the Christians, has done so with certifiable accomplishment.
This is a fight the media can't win. It may be one that players, parents and people who really care can.