Saturday, December 21, 2013

Another hockey brawl...from the women

From where I sit it looks like the best rivalry in hockey belongs to the women...

Two 'brawls' have highlighted the warm-up tour before the Sochi Olympics. For all those were not line-brawls in a conventional sense, it's the closest women's hockey can get. In a game where body checking is a penalty, these were basically pier six brawls. It was fun to watch and a great way to promote the women's game. Women's hockey is woefully underfunded. So, anything to generate interest and sell tickets is positive. Right now women's hockey is overlooked 3 years out of 4. And when the spotlight shines on the game it's mostly about how badly Canada and the US outplay everyone else. This is creating interest and excitement. Even if wasn't a real brawl.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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