Everyone (at least in this fine city) has something to say about the recent Todd Bertuzzi incident.
I wanted to toss out my few cents on the situation:
-Professional Hockey as it is today is an inherently violent sport. Whether or not that’s a good or bad thing is up to you, but it is what it is.
-Why did the referees not keep the obvious bent for mayhem in this game under better control? this is an incident that could have been prevented.
-Factoid: It costs $98,000/year to house one male prison inmate in Canada. Not to mention the costs associated with police and court time spent on the issue. What’s the point in that?
–Nobody but Todd Bertuzzi knows what Todd Bertuzzi intended to do in that moment. Perhaps, like so many “crimes of passion,” he was criminally insane in that moment he swung his fist. Perhaps he is a murderous fiend – a product of a sport gone out of control. Perhaps it was just a horrible horrible accident – where everything in a situation that could have gone wrong, did.
Whatever the outcome of the situation, I still don’t think the police should be involved. Whether he had “the intent to cause gross bodily harm” or not – it’s a waste of police time and taxpayer money. The league can and should dole out appropriate punishment. After all, they fostered the environment that allowed this to happen.
So it goes without saying that I strongly feel, as does almost everyone I’ve talked to, that the league should re-evaluate its policy on fighting. I’ve heard arguments from both sides on how they should either loosen the rules, so that enforcers can be free to just pound on eachother (leaving the other players to just play the game) – or tighten the rules, so that any fighting is cause for a major penalty or game ejection.
I haven’t been a big hockey fan long enough to have a very educated opinion on either argument – but something needs to be done, and soon, before this kind of incident happens again.