Monday, September 15, 2008

“We can do this now or at camp.”

An excellent, excellent article by Hockey's Future writer, Guy Flaming. A story that's both heart-warming and tragic, it reveals something about how people find closure from tragedy, our sensitivity to public perception, and the productive use of violence in dispute resolution. And how dangerous a sport hockey is. Even if you don't care about hockey (what's wrong with you?) this is a good read.


Jeff said...

Finally a post I can actually add something substantive to ... Pauko spent the entire season here last year, and I can tell you, he's a first class guy. It will be interesting if both he and Bina end up as teammates in here or in Springfield this year (a strong possibility), but I'm sure there are no residual hard feelings.

Makes you wonder how different it would be if Bina had ended up more severely (irreparably) injured like a Steve Moore, and wasn't able to continue his career.

rananda said...

Well, it looks like lightning at struck twice now for Paukovich. You know, when guys you play against consistently have to get carted away on a stretcher, maybe it's time to re-think the way you're playing the game.

On Sunday, four minutes into the third period of a rookie tournament tilt between the Oilers and Calgary Flames, Paukovich, reacting to a hit, drilled Kyle Greentree. He drove the Flames winger into the end boards with enough force to drop Greentree to the ice.

He remained there for the longest time, then eventually left on a stretcher. Paukovich was sent to the locker-room.

"I was just trying to be physical down low, which is what I have to do to be successful. I have to make guys not want to play in our defensive zone," began Paukovich. "I haven't seen the hit, I just know things happened really fast.

"All I can say is I hope he's OK. That's the biggest thing. There was no intent. Like I said, I was just trying to play physical."