Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The WHL playoffs got underway this weekend, and less than a week later the Portland Winterhawks are one game away from eliminating the Kelowna Rockets in a 4-game sweep. The Rockets are a is fighting to stay in the series and they will receive reinforcement tonight with the return of Brett Bulmer, who has already served a one-game suspension in Tuesday’s game. Which is deceptive when you realize that he racked up 23 minutes of penalties in Game 2, including three kneeing penalties, the final of which resulted in a game misconduct and the suspension. Did the punishment fit the crime? Of course not. It’s hockey, after all. No one said it was fair. But the bigger issue is player safety; at what point is it clear a player is beyond caring about who he hits or hurts? This is the junior leagues, but the same topic has been just as hot in the NHL. Which got to me to thinking about hits, fights and other on-ice violence: How far is too far? Why do players cross the line into recklessnes and...
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