Opinion

Time for the NHL to step out of the dark ages

I know I am going on about this issue at a nauseating pace but the longer Sidney Crosby sits on the sidelines (and the insane cheap shot hits to the head continue in the NHL) the more passionate I become.

Crosby has been out of the game with a concussion for a month now and word has it that he is slowly getting better.

Every day he is off the ice the game loses a superstar promoter of the game.

And sadly, as predicted, Boston Bruin superstar Marc Savard is now reportedly done for the rest of the season with a concussion as well.

The latest bash to his brain may well end his hockey career permanently.

Savard has always been a classy, talented forward—and his loss to the Bruins and the game is huge.

When Crosby was nailed two games in a row by questionable blows to the head area and finally forced to leave the game— he was the league’s leading scorer.

His absence at the All Star game was significant.

But Crosby is not alone this year as several key players have been hurt by head shots.

I really thought that the injury to superstar Crosby would be the breaking point for NHL President Gary Bettman —but obviously he lacks the intestinal fortitude to take the harsh stance that is long overdue to cheap head hits.

The solution is simple. An illegal hit to the head means you are gone from the game immediately—and if the player is injured by a play deemed to be a penalty the assaulting player remains off the ice until the injured player returns.

Quite simply, if you hurt someone with a vicious check you should sit as long as the player you hurt. If he’s gone the rest of the season – so are you!

That severe retribution would certainly have an impact.

Until the league implements a similar ruling the cranium carnage will continue.

I won’t even get into the insanity of fighting in hockey this week —no more room and my temper is already boiling. ***

I have two very important reminders about people and things that count. First do not miss the fitting memorial tribute this week to Bob McPherson.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, Bob’s friends, family, and staff are having a memorial gathering for the popular owner of Whiski Jacks who passed away late last month.

A myriad of musicians, friends, staff, and customers will gather to celebrate the life of their buddy/boss at Whiski Jacks Pub in West Kelowna.

The tribute event for McPherson will start at 1 p.m. with a buffet lunch and acoustic performances during the afternoon featuring Barry Mathers, Scott Thielman, Jim LeGuilloux, Floyd Vedan, and the Zamboni Brothers amongst others.

Evening performances will include Hip Replacements, Vicious Fishes, Danny McBride, Gary Turlock, Radio Lifeline, and special reunion performances by STIL and Who’s on Bass?

An open mic will also be available for anyone wishing to say a few words or sing a song for Bob.

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As well, make sure and note that the deadline for Civic Award nominations is Feb. 18.

Your recommendation nominating someone for the City of Kelowna’s 36th annual Civic and Community Awards is desired.

Nomination forms and details on the 14 award categories can be found online at the City of Kelowna homepage, kelowna.ca.

Nominees must be residents of Kelowna and the criteria are based on those folks who made significant contributions to the community in 2010.

As chair of the organizing committee I am excited about the plans for the award ceremonies this year, set for April 27 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Nomination forms are also available at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, Sport Kelowna, City Hall, local libraries and Volunteer Kelowna.

Completed forms can be dropped off at City Hall or the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

For further info contact Amber at 250-469-8967 Don’t delay – send those nominations in today!

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