Can Stephen Harper save hockey?


The editors of this magazine raise the possibility that the Prime Minister might have a role to play in reforming hockey.

“Football is on trial,” Roosevelt told the coaches. “Because I believe in the game, I want to do all I can to save it.” While Roosevelt took no effort to dictate what changes ought to be made, with his encouragement the sport completely reinvented itself. The forward pass became legal. First downs required 10 yards, rather than five, which helped open up the game. Plays that put players’ heads and necks at risk were explicitly prohibited. A game characterized by massive pileups, broken necks and eye gouging went on to become the most popular spectator sport in the U.S. today.

Politicians obviously have no business micromanaging sport, but our Prime Minister could use his stature to encourage hockey to abandon its violent status quo in favour of something new and better, as Roosevelt did. 


Can Stephen Harper save hockey?

  1. “Politicians obviously have no business micromanaging sport, but our Prime Minister could use his stature to encourage hockey …. ”

    Easy to tell when a liberal has written something because they never really take a position other than State should do something, anything. Snobbish Liberals are great wafflers – should rename themselves Vicky Pollards. 

     PM “obviously” has no place “micromanaging sport”, apparently, but it is clear that PM should “encourage” hockey to change its ways. 

     Society in general – and players/management specifically – will change hockey and how it played, not pols. NHL players don’t have to play hockey if they feel they are in danger or at risk – no one is making them play professional. 

    Also, I wonder how many hockey fans out there trust Harper et al. to alter professional hockey in a way that will  improve game?

    Vicky Pollard ~ Ya,  but no, but ya …. 

  2. I can’t imagine Harper is opposed to eye gouging.

  3. Correlation:

    Man: I used to think correlation implied causation. Then I took a statistics class. Now I don’t. 

    Woman: Sounds like the class helped.

    Man: Well, maybe.


  4. Then maybe they could ban using sticks, wearing helmets and padding, exchange their loose fitting uniforms for tight and sparkly unitards and trade in their hockey skates for ones with toe picks.Yeah, then they could remove the nets, take away the puck, and the players could just spin in circles and jump around to get points.Now that sounds like a sport the sensitive left wing types would enjoy.

  5. He certainly shouldn’t give tax credits to encourage parents to sign up their kids to this activity.  I used to play hockey as a young girl.  Nowadays, I understand dance better. If I were to bring up children again – I had four – I would definitely sign them up to ballet classes before I’d consider hockey. 

    • I would feel sorry for your poor little boys.

      Denying them the freedom to choose their own interests, whether that be hockey, ballet, or any other activity which some people see as improper or unsuitable is small minded and selfish.

      • Having four children, including a severely disabled daughter, denied us all some freedom. My children understood that. Yours likely would not, having a parent who feels that that no circumstances or no one can stop children from doing only what they want.  I would discourage a four year old from participating in any activity that promotes what is seen everywhere else in society as criminal conduct.  What you call small minded and selfish I call responsible parenting. 

      • Allowing your kids to choose the organized sports they play is stupid. If you’re going to be really good at something (and I don’t mean professional, just good), that decision gets made before age 10, well before a kid has the capability of reasonably assessing what sport is best for them.

        There are all kinds of decisions involved that kids aren’t capable of making. Some sports are more expensive than others and kids have no idea or responsibility in managing the household budget. Some sports, depending on your municipality, will simply be easier to get to or have more convenient playing times – kids do not take this into consideration. And so on and on an on.

        Choosing a sport for a kid is no different than any other parenting decision. If you leave it entirely to your kids, you aren’t parenting.

        • I have so many friends who were just slaves to their sons hockey ‘hobby’.  The rest of the family all had to make ridiculous sacrifices to accomodate the talents of one member.  I don’t see what is so sacred about this sport, that this is seen as a positive.

Sign in to comment.