Ken Dryden was an amazing goalie in the NHL, and has been around long enough to see the transformation of the sport. Hockey is a very exciting game to watch and really many are missing out on its action. I continue to tell everyone that there is nothing like a NHL game in the stands, probably the best event one can go to (unless you score a Game 7 ticket in the playoffs). The issue that Dryden is taking on is one that I have been clamoring for – for a long time – remove shots to the head. Dryden wrote his article for Grantland and is calling on the NHL and NFL to start playing “head smart”;
This is a difficult time for the NHL, for its commissioner, Gary Bettman, and for hockey. It’s no less difficult for the NFL, for its commissioner, Roger Goodell, for the NCAA, and for football. Head injuries have become an overwhelming fact of life in sports. The immensity of the number, the prominence of the names, the life-altering impact on their lives, and, more disturbing, if that’s possible, the now sheer routineness of their occurrence. The Crosby hit didn’t seem like much. If it hadn’t been Crosby, the clip of the incident would never have made the highlight reel. And if so much can happen out of so little, where is all this going? Who else? How many more? How bad might this get? Careers and lives of players, we know now, have been shortened, diminished, snuffed out by head injuries. What once had seemed debatable, deniable, spin-able, now is not. What once had been ignored now is obvious. Not just contact or collision sports, hockey and football are dangerous sports.
Dryden does not suggest to Bettman, rather implores him to make necessary changes; Continue reading