If you are not aware USA Hockey released a new rule regarding unsportsmanlike conduct. Just to be frank here, if you agree with this rule please message me I'd love to hear your insight on this. Because, honestly to me this is USA Hockey trying to be politically correct and keep the game PG. Hockey is not and will never be a PG game, I am sorry to shatter the paradigm of USA Hockey but the sport of hockey is a physically demanding, mentally challenging and far from PG sport. For those of you who do not know the new USA Hockey rule here it is...
Imagine this, you are in a championship game it is a 1-1 game nearing the end of the third period, heading into overtime if a winner is not determined. One of your players lines up a nice, clean open ice hit to remove the player from the puck. The bench goes nuts, players start hollering, banging the boards, even the team trainer is showing as much emotion as the players. The puck comes loose, another one of your players comes in for the loose puck in which is looking to be a 2 v 1. *WHISTLE* Play blown dead, referee calls an unsportsmanlike penalty on your team cause you showed emotion and banged on the boards. The other team now goes on a power play. They end up scoring a power play goal and the eventual game-winning goal. Your team loses the championship all because that unsportsmanlike conduct.
You can say I am fantasizing here or reaching but, I can guarantee if this rule stays in place, the above scenario or something similar will happen a million times. I am a hockey coach of a JV and Varsity hockey team and this rule worries me. How am I suppose to tell my players to not get into the game, show emotion, speak on the bench and show enthusiasm/heart if it may result in a penalty. How am I suppose to now program into players when a big hit or nice play happens, do not bang on the boards? Am I suppose to tell my players to either (A) not hit (B) keep it simple and don't be creative (C) show no emotion (D) no standing up on the bench. These are ridiculous to expect from kids and it completely ruins the game of hockey as well. Personally I was one of those players banging on the boards before the puck dropped or screaming when a teammate laid a nice hit or made a nice move or scored a nice goal. I was an emotional guy on the ice. I cannot expect my players to now act like the 1980 Soviet Union Olympic team and show no emotion.
This is rule is making hockey take a step backwards not forward. I do not foresee any benefit in this rule. I do not know one person who agrees with this rule or has anything substantial as to why it was enacted. I get it is USA hockey's decision but to come out with this rule and not even provide an explanation is classless and completely disrespectful to the coaches, players and parents of this game.
Hockey is an emotional game, it is a physical game. Players will say some crude things, some personal things may be said on the ice, aggression, anger, frustration, joy, relief, bliss, peace, calm, excitement and EMOTION in general will be expressed on the ice. If you do not like it, then do not play hockey. I do NOT agree with this rule as you can tell. If you do not either please do something and sign this petition below.