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Old 11-27-2017, 11:24 AM
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And if Shankar wasn't suspension prone. It might have worked out better. But a name (rep) in this league is as bad, or worse than your actual play. Especially since Branch and Co are determined to take all the physicality out of hockey.
It isn't a secret the league has changed (or is in the process of changing). The role of "the enforcer" is gradually being phased out. Make no mistake, "enforcer" types still exist in the OHL but they are a different breed. The ones who crashed into everyone, up-ended people with wanton disregard and dropped the gloves every game - they roam the rinks, but you are more likely to find them in the press box serving a suspension, than on the ice.

The evolution of this role is no less tough, but far smarter. The comparison is a thug in the back alley versus a surgeon in an operating room; they will both cut you open but the skill involved is far greater for the second than the first. Enter a player like Willy Lochead. This guy is strong, tough as nails, but smart too. He doesn't prowl the ice looking for people to hurt indiscriminately, but when he finds someone picking on a junior player, a superstar, or a goaltender - he takes them to task. Because his approach is surgical in nature, he flies under the radar for the most part, or takes deserved two-minute penalties (often coincidental with a player from the other team). The enforcer of "the good old days" inspires fear, gets himself on the zebra's radar and when he does lower the hammer, he gets 5 and a game.

Those who fail to evolve will become extinct.
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:48 AM
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The old school enforcer in hockey has changed, that is for sure.
He is capable today of scoring 20 goals, maybe.
But, we can be sure that even if the look of the enforce has changed in appearance, the enforcer will always be a vital part of today's game.
Had Carbs for example been dressed on Saturday would the predomina Tippett done to Thomas what he did.

I truly believe that that cheap shot is forgotten by our team. At some point during the rest of the season, Tippett will get his pay back.
Time will tell, but, we shall see.
If the league does not look at the game tape and deal with this non-call infraction, the players will deal with it in their own way.
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Old 11-27-2017, 12:49 PM
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The old expression ‘initiate, don’t retaliate’ is on full display in the OHL. Don’t misunderstand this. This means that you can absolutely decapitate someone - two handers, headshots, kneeing, whatever you like - with the ref literally standing right there watching - with no call. Then watch the fouled player do ANYTHING in response, and up goes the striped arm. 100% of the time.
And the frustrating thing is, what is your alternative? Stand there and take it. Because the refs in the OHL have been trained to NOT call the initiator of contact. Twice I saw a Missy player deliver a headshot, ref right there watching, no call. Twice the IceDog responds, two Mississauga power plays. It is the inconsistency that absolutely drives me insane. Someone had mentioned if Carbonara is there, that doesn’t happen. I agree; unfortunately if Carbo is there, and does respond, I’ll bet you that nets him a 25- game suspension
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Mississauga video coach and former Icedog Stefan Legein was at the game.
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Referees looking back for retaliation on a missed call has been there for as far back as I remember.
I spent years in those player's benches and always watched the referee's reaction (back in the day when there was only one ref.) if he thought that he might have missed a call. Most of the time, the victim reacted to the non-call which let the referee know that he blew it and he would immediately call a retaliation penalty on the victim for a lack of better words.
This is not something new.
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Tippet was at again in Oshawa Sunday but this time a game mis conduct Missy should have said no to his return
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Tippet was at again in Oshawa Sunday but this time a game mis conduct Missy should have said no to his return
Wonder if Billy complained about the Akil-stick-to-the-yap? The league won't intervene but it should be in the back of there mind for the misconduct no?
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