NHL needs changes to protect players

After watching Marian Hossa get taken off the ice on a stretcher, I said a prayer for him and then turned the TV off.

After watching Marian Hossa get taken off the ice on a stretcher, I said a prayer for him and then turned the TV off.

As difficult as it’s going to be, I’m not watching any more of the playoffs.

In my opinion, the NHL is sick. Some of the best young players on the planet have all missed far too many games this past year due to brain injuries. My guess is that all of them are one brain-jarring injury away from hanging their skates up or worse.

The hockey culture at the top has to change. Get rid of Cherry, Milbury, McSorley, May and Kypreos.

Who and what gives these goons the right to spew their hockey bullyism on national TV? The fact is none of these guys would have played in the NHL or got the platform they enjoy today if it wasn’t for the violence they brought with them.

The NHL is trying to appeal to the same demographic as mixed martial arts. So people stand and cheer the gratuitous violence.

Get rid of it and perhaps the caveman fans leave, but there are many more who have been turned off who will return and many more who will thrill to the speed and highlight reel plays, goals and saves.

Dave Secco

Oak Bay