It’s no secret that the DOY staff tends to crap on Kevin Paul Dupont’s writing at every turn. From last year’s “Savard’s going to start tonight because he’s skating on the ice this morning” debacle to claiming, this year, that Matt Hunwick would be a great fit back in Boston, he’s given us enough material.
But his recent story on the brutality of the NHL is fantastic. Maybe he’s just better at these long feature stories and should stay away from the day-to-day, breaking news-like coverage. In the feature he talks about everything from some iffy hits from Habs players, the violence of hockey, Normand Leveille and more.
Here’s a few of our favorite excerpts from “Brutality is on display — but not from Chara“:
On Chara being a heat-seeking missle
Perhaps the most remarkable and risible aspect of the whole thing was the reaction of Montreal fans, sycophants, and some media members who attributed such otherworldly powers to Chara that he was able to pick the exact time and place to inflict playercide on Pacioretty and then delivered his hit with GPS-like accuracy.
On Montreal’s history
The Habs and their fans also must have erased from the memory bank the hit Guillaume Latendresse delivered to Rob DiMaio in a 2006-07 preseason game, leaving DiMaio addle-brained and never to play again. Where was all the outrage then about playing the game the right way?
And do we even have to bring up the 151 rather unique games (1985-88) when John Kordic mucked around in that CH sweater?
We will say it again, folks, in full voice: Hockey is the most dangerous sport in the world. Unlike in any others, virtually every facet of the game can inflict serious if not devastating injury — the puck, the stick, the skate blade, the boards, the ice, the goal posts, the shoulder pads, the players . . . the list is virtually endless.
On the old-style of NHL play
In the “old’’ game, the prevailing culture among the players was to take an opponent off the puck, separate him from it, mainly to take possession and make a play. Longtime Bruins fans remember when Don Marcotte was assigned to shadow Montreal’s Guy Lafleur. Or when Steve Kasper waited outside Wayne Gretzky’s house on game night in Edmonton, followed him to the rink, all around the ice, then all the way home. A delightful example of strategy, competition, and execution.
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