After spending most of the past decade among media wags or on the ice as an official, I have become even more frustrated with hockey fans than I was as a player many moons ago. There is no doubt in my mind that the loyalty and support of hockey fans in this country is admirable, likely beyond what other countries experience.
But, we sure do turn on the lunacy when things do not go our way.
The Zach Kassian hit on a Czech Republic player at the 2011 World Junior Championship has resulted in a bizarre and emotional response from fans and media alike. The criticism of on-ice officials and then tournament officials in light of Kassian's two-game suspension has been nauseating.
The bottom line is this: He Didn't Have to Hit Him!
Watch the beginning of the video here (yes, it's in French). Then just think about my statement with an open mind, if you can, for about ten seconds.
End of story, right?
Now let's get on with it! There's a gold medal to focus upon...