Eric Lindros was the top of the top player in the NHL, of that there’s no doubt, but his retirement that was forced upon him by concussions has changed his view on hockey a bit.
On August 17, in London Ontario, Lindros said it’s time for the NHL to seriously think about removing body contact from the game. Not selectively, but entirely.
When he began his professional career, he was awesome skill-wise, because no other player was anywhere close to him, even remotely. He was the best of the best, and wasn’t afraid to be the best at beating the hell out of someone. He’s still playing, after his forced-retirement in 2007, but how they play is that they don’t run into each other. It’s all skill with the puck, and he’s still second-to-none.
I think that while what he’s suggesting may sound drastic, and scare some people with the significance of it, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Take out what makes the game dangerous for players, both while they’re playing and after they’ve retired, and accentuate the skill-elements.
I’ve got a question for you. If you’re in a busy shopping mall, full of people, and you see someone who’s disabled drop something that they likely won’t be able to get unassisted, do you offer to help? I’ve been watching the world a bit, and noticed a few things. If I’m either alone, or there are only a few people around, and something happens that I’d need help fixing, I’m immediately offered help. However, if I’m somewhere where there are a lot of people, like a shopping mall at Christmas time, and I drop something, nobody stops. It’s weird, because I’d thought that the way it would be would be the opposite. But, “group think” is the way that it is. In psychology terms, group think is: “Groupthink occurs when a group with a particular agenda makes irrational or problematic decisions because its members value harmony and coherence over accurate analysis and critical evaluation. ”
Basically, nobody wants to do something different than the group.
Please, if you see something like that, and nobody’s stopping, be different. Fight the urge to keep going, stop, and help.