So, when I watched the NHL game on TV earlier this week, two things impressed me: there are no more catastrophic eye injuries, no one gets shoveled down from behind and/or pushed to the end board to chase one. Frozen phone.
Players almost always wear face masks in the league before entering the NHL, and quickly adapted to the face masks. But there is no shortage of fans and analysts condemning the NHL’s decision to force the use of sun visors. Remember the poutrage they showed (a new hybrid word that combines poutrage and anger)? “Oh, if we protect the players’ eyes, the game will change!” they argued, clutching their pearls. “This will lead to a significant increase in swing incidents!”
Well, here we are. In 2013, we entered the league with the sun visor rules. Guess what? Eight years later, you will never see any eye injuries anymore.
Of course, if a stick touches a player and gets under his mask, weird and weird injuries may occur, but this type of game is rare. More commonly, sun visors can prevent major injuries. None of what the anti-mask crowd said has been achieved. The sun visor did not cause adverse effects. There is no prevalence of swing events. When a player wears a mask on the ice, the mask will not fog. They did what they should. They protect NHL players—the biggest asset a team can have—and they make the game safer.
This brings us into the ice game. In 2013, the NHL again implemented different icing rules to reduce extreme injuries. Rather than let the player slide off the ice and enter the end plate at the fastest speed. The league chose to use the mixed icing rule to determine whether the ball is frozen or not through faceoffs. NHL has a history of serious injuries to players in ice games-Kurtis Foster’s femur fracture; Pat Peake’s heel was destroyed; Joni Pitkanen (Joni Pitkanen) after his heel fracture, his career ended Now-losing assets in an ice game seems to be a machismo. But now the team invests too much money in players, and they insist on protecting as many players as possible. No one should lose their livelihood in ice hockey.
This is why the mixed icing rule is implemented, guess what? – Let’s discuss a topic here – there are no more ugly incidents of icing chase. The rules worked. The game has changed, but no fundamental changes have taken place. Things outside are now safer.
All of this is to remind you that if you forget, although the current situation of hockey is closely guarded by game gatekeepers, progressive rules can be used to make the product better. You must present a convincing argument to support the new rules, but given that the NHL always claims to keep the players’ best interests at heart, you can make progress in the rulebook and find ways to make the league as safe as possible.
Not everyone likes sun visors and mixed icing. I understand why some retired NHL players don’t like these rules. They want the game to be a powerful physical experience, and they don’t like seeing a group of newbies enter the league and be doted by the rule book.
It’s a pity, because neither of these rules will work. The NHL rulebook is a fluid entity, and problems will almost certainly pop up suddenly. But you will not abandon those rules that clearly have done the job.
The players adapted to the sun visor, they adapted to mixed icing. Let this be a lesson for all progressive hockey fans: speaking bluntly about the flaws in the NHL system can lead to victory and better entertainment products for spectators and athletes/performers. People can change the status quo by expressing their concerns.
Indeed, NHL players understand that once they jump over the board, they cannot guarantee complete safety. In a chaotic game, you never know when a wrong (or deliberate) elbow or head accidental knee will cause a player’s concussion and endanger his career. We cannot control everything that happens on the ice. But we should always be interested in making games safer and better.
Hockey can still cause terrible injuries. But we can do our best to limit them. The mixed icing and sun visor debate has proven that critics, fans and analysts can influence a sport and make it better.