Bertuzzi-incident just won't leave the NHL alone

I wasn't going to say too much about this story that I'm sure everyone is familiar with by now. I have spent quite a bit of time discussing violence, and the whole incident and I think my take on both are pretty familiar with anyone who reads this blog regularly. But it's so egregious, and the fallout (and lack of original fallout) is important and worth discussing.

Before reading my take I recommend reading both Tom Luongo's piece over at the NHL fanhouse , and Brian Kelly's Piece over at Both are fantastic pieces on the topic.

Also I fully recommend reading this piece by Terri Frei.... Done yet? If not really read it...

Here's a clip from it:
The NHL must, in effect, respond by aggressively putting itself on trial and further examining the frontier justice mentality that, when distorted to heinous extremes, is the root of many of its credibility problems.
See the Byline on it...

...December 29th 2004.

Three years after this, and we're still dealing with the same problems. It's not fair to blame Gary Bettman and his administration for Moore's injuries (even though the McSorely incident should have laid the groundwork for a more progressive and deterring system). But the NHL has failed to take any significant action done to deter the culture of unnecessary violence despite an incident that nearly killed a player continues to publicly humiliate the league. This means that the administration of Bettman CAN (and should) be blamed for all the violence that has propagated through the league since this incident. That includes: Chris Simon, the current Flyers and a list that is damningly long since the Bertuzzi-Moore incident. Yes Colin Cambell and Gary Bettman can be held accountable for those.

Not only is the unnecessary violence getting more frequent but there have been calls by very influential members within hockey (yes I'm talking about the monomaniacal Brian Burke) to actually reduce the suspensions for these cheap hits. (I just want to clarify that I'm not talking about traditional fights here, I'm okay with those. They feature willing participants who understand what being in a hockey fight is about. I'm talking about cheap and questionable hits that undermine the game).

What's the definition of insanity "doing the same thing and expecting different results"? The NHL is clearly insane if they thing the status quo is going to solve the on-ice violence problem. Nothing has changed since Bertuzzi-Moore. Continuing along the current path may actually give the NHL the different results. The next Steve Moore could die.

EDIT: If you want to read some serious garbage on the topic (the theme of the article is "Violence will happen") go read this piece of trash over at FoxSports.


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  2. 1) We totally agree that a new system to dole out 'justice' needs to be formulated in the NHL. As we also mentioned on our site, the current system is broken/dysfunctional
    2) There should be firm, unbiased, non-arbitrary punishments that are known to all PRIOR to an incident so there is no guess work
    3) Also, for once and for all the NHL should say that its punishments are for the 'intent' NOT the result! Anyone want to guess if Bertuzzi would have received a 20+ game suspension if Moore had broken his nose and not his neck? Not defending Todd, but we've seen worse examples of potentially deadly force than that incident If Hartnell had broken Alberts neck think he'd have received only 2 games?
    4) We also were glad to read that your post mentioned that fighting, as is, should continue.