The league was different when Larry Robinson was winning Norris trophies and Stanley Cups. Those were the good old days, everyone from that era will tell you. While the on ice product has evolved incredibly since the 70’s, the modern NHL isn’t all sunshine, happiness and rainbows. Skaters are suffering severe injuries on the regular and San Jose Sharks associate coach Larry Robinson thinks it’s caused by a lack of respect among today’s players.
In an interview with David Pollak of the Mercury News, the Hockey Hall of Fame member elaborated on his distaste for the recent onslaught of serious injuries in the league. Robinson said, “How many concussions have we had in the last two, three or four few weeks, the lack of respect the players are having for each other.” Read full article by David Pollak of the Mercury News here.
On October 15th of this season, Sharks’ defenceman Dan Boyle was severely injured on an illegal hit from behind perpetrated by Blues’ antagonist Maxim Lapierre. Boyle suffered a head injury on the play. Lapierre was suspended 5 games by the league for his actions.
No one enjoys watching a star player lie motionless on the ice regardless of the circumstances. It is even harder to stomach when it’s the result of a dirty play by an NHLer of marginal talents. After such a great start to the season, Robinson’s team is without their most potent offensive defenceman because of a play that shouldn’t happen anymore, by a player with a bad reputation for being sneakily dirty. Lapierre’s track record speaks for itself and can be witnessed here, courtesy of The Hockey News.
Robinson’s era was as violent a time the NHL has known, but the former Habs’ great insists despite all the violence, players had respect for each other back in the good ol’ days. He told the Mercury News, “There were situations where guys put themselves in a vulnerable position, where if you did make contact, there was a possibility he’d get hurt. Back then, some guys were stupid enough not to wear helmets, and you’d ease up.” Read full article by by David Pollak.