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Saturday
Jan292011

Headshots in Hockey

What do headshots, hockey, and cars have in common? Not much except The Colonel played hockey with his work buddies for several years. 

Lets get his thoughts on headshots:

Q: You played hockey for a few years...

A: I was a little younger, we were playing year round in winter it was Sunday nights.

Q: What level, how good were the players.

A: Most of the guys were pretty good.

Q: Physical contact?

A: Not really purposely wore enough equipment not to get hurt, and not enough to encourage contact.

Q: You guys were playing hockey for the fun of playing the game.

A: Yes..but occasionally it would get out of hand.

Q: Out of hand?

A: Young men, ice, fast, hormones, competition, desire to win, an inflammatory comment.

Q: Its aggressive...

A: It can get very aggressive, in our case everyone was watching out for everyone else, the word would spread quickly to chill out, it was not worth it, we were not professionals, or trying to build a career playing hockey.

Q: So hockey at the professional level can get aggrressive...

A: Absolutely, and then some...one summer we played a few games with a fellow that had just returned from the training camp of an NHL team. This guy is a few years younger, a few centimeters taller, and when he had the puck it was not very easy to stop him to say the least (if you were playing against him).

A: A fellow at that level of the game is coming down the ice like a freight train. 

Q: Exactly...and if he hits you, or you try and stop aggressively there might be the possibility that someone might get hurt. Where getting a slap shot on a skate, or on a thigh is nothing at all compared to how hurt you could get. 

A: At one time we heard that some folks that play hockey do it on purpose to hurt another player. 

Q: We had a fellow playing with us that had a leg broken getting slammed on the boards. Training camps for NHL teams are an ideal place to inflict damage, both physical and intellectual. 

Q: The equipment is better...

A: Yes...it protect you better while playing the game, and it might incite to feel invincible.

Q: Race drivers wear a Hans device not to have their heads thrown around.

A: Exactly...the G forces in hockey are not the same as racing (might not kill you) but there are enough G forces (back to the freight train) to inflict damage.

Q: Seems there is no need to give anyone a headshot.

A: When you play hockey you do not expect anyone at any time to give you a shot on the head...what for?Unless there are deliberate intentions that have nothing to do with hockey. 

Q: Perhaps folks that evolve in a system where inflicting physical damage is normal.

A: Valid point...in auto racing the entire system is directed towards alleviating/eliminating physical damage. 

Q: In auto racing when someone gets hurt, there was a failure in the system. 

A: Exactly...something failed for a driver to get hurt badly or killed.

 

 

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