Why is cheap shot behavior in hockey acceptable? Why can players deliberately try and hurt players, and not be looked down on by fans or players? Maybe they are, but why then are there no repercussions? Why does the NHLPA put up with members of their union going out and deliberately taking out other members of their union? Makes no sense to me!
Today in an IIHF World Championship game between Canada and Finland, team Canada captain Corey Perry went out of his way to deliberately (yes you cannot deny it—watch the video) sweep his leg out to cut down Finland’s Patrick Laine. Laine immediately went to the bench with an injury after the play. Finland was shutting out Canada at the time, and Perry showed his true colors.
Patrik Laine is projected to be a top three pick in this years NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old has shown great promise while playing at the World Championships. He will be a star in the NHL, probably as soon as next season. Laine took the play in stride and showed sarcasm in a comment to National Post writer Michael Traikos, “Maybe they tried to piss me off because I’m young and in my opinion a pretty good player.”
The hockey world took to Twitter today after the incident. Many media members and fans (Canadian fans) voiced there displease with the conduct of Corey Perry. Here is a sample of a few tweets. Hockey is a wonderful game and we don’t need plays like this giving it a bad name. I would like to think that hockey players are above this behavior.
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