New Rules Good for NHL Only?
There’s been a good amount of talk recently about the trickle down effect of the “new” NHL rules to other leagues from minors to juniors to rec leagues.
Some reference: Eric McErlain, Smiley Tom Benjamin, Hockeydirt, Jes G?lbez
Blake Sebring, covering the Fort Wayne Komets for the News-Sentinel, had this to say in a piece title League risks boring fans:
It’s a good thing I had a late deadline because I just finished typing in all the penalties from Saturday night’s Komets game. I got my first blister Saturday night during the game writing them all down, and then added two more typing them in after Fort Wayne’s 8-3 win over Quad City.
Referee Jim Hawthorne called 30 penalties in the game, giving each team 12 power plays. That seems to be typical of all the games around the United Hockey League.
There might not be many UHL fans left. It was obvious at least 3,000 of the opening-night crowd of 10,058 left Memorial Coliseum very early Saturday night.
The game really wasn’t that entertaining, which is a huge problem for the league administration, owners, officials — and even the players.
The NHL is a business with a pretty solid foundation, minor leagues are not in comparison. Penalty parades (when not from the aftermath of a brawl) doesn’t sit well with minor league fans. Raw entertainment is where it’s at and if it’s not fun, it’s not going to last.