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Tailing the Komets

Two stories today

The first is the general suspension announcement which you can read here.

The second is a column about how the league is struggling to find the balance with fighting. You can read that here.

Posted in: Komets


Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:38pm

Doesn't it seem strange that the person receiving the greatest suspension is the only one - the only one - who was willing to help someone in trouble, did not harm any innocent participants, apologized for what happened (including a face-to-face apology to the official), admitted remorse for what happened, and did not blame anyone other than the real culprit (the Muskegon coach) got a suspension that goes far beyond the crime (no one was injured) all in the name of "We have a rule." (Even the sports writers did not apologize for over reacting or for misleading terminology.

If you should meet Mr. MacMillan at a game, show your respect and gratitude for what he did by letting him know how much you appreciate his fortitude and honesty. As a matter of fact, a standing ovation at the next home game would not be a bad thing.

It simply supports the old adage - When something goes wrong, punish the innocent then support, praise, and promote the guilty.

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 2:14pm

I don't think it's that simple. I love Mac and I agree he did the right thing but by doing so he broke the rules. He came out of the box and pushed a ref down. He has to be punished for it. Big Snake needed a more severe punishment but I may be a bit biased in my assumption. Lawmaster is the one who needs his bell rung and I think his punishment will come, and it may be worse than what Mac and BS are serving.

One thing I find strange in your article Blake is the quote from the Musky guy saying we don't need 'goonery' in the IHL. Wow, is that the pot calling the kettle black or what.

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 3:12pm

Thank you. You have just proven my point. "We have a rule," and therefore Mr. MacMillan must be punished even though the linesman admitted that he was off balance and was not "pushed" as you say. If you watch many videos of altercations in hockey, you will see hundreds of instances where a linesman fell, yet no one was accused of abuse of an official. But, that doesn't matter, "We have a rule."