We have our own tough rugby players…Buck Shelford reputedly playing with a testicle torn open, he also decked out a Frog in the 1987 World Cup final. Colin Meads finished a game with a broken arm. Kevin Skinner – knocked out 2 Springbok props in 1 game…all tough guys.
But could they do the same with a broken leg.
Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell delivered by far the most heroic performance in Wednesday night’s double-overtime thriller.
According to NHLPA.com’s Catherine Faas, Campbell remained on the ice for almost a minute after breaking his right fibula during a penalty kill in the second period of Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The injury occurred when Campbell laid out to block a slap shot from Pens star Evgeni Malkin.
The video shows that Campbell was badly shaken up, remaining on the ice for a moment before getting back to his feet to help kill the Pittsburgh power play.
Ice Hockey is tough sport, one that actually allows fighting. There are no sooks in that sport. Over a year ago Sean Avery announced he supported marriage equality and since then there has been a battle for increased tolerance.
But the seeds had been planted for the You Can Play campaign, which launched last month and with a set of PSAs playing during some hockey broadcasts. In the PSAs, the players stress tolerance, equality, and gay rights at all levels of hockey, noting that if a hockey player can skate, score and even fight, then nothing else really matters—including sexual orientation. To date, about 30 players from the NHL and elsewhere have been filmed for PSAs. Recently, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also gave his public support to the campaign.
“The big thing we’ve seen in the past year is that the athletes are showing a willingness to talk about it,” Patrick Burke says. “We’ve had athletes who’ve been quietly supportive but never spoke up about it. Now, it’s no longer seen as exceptional when athletes speak out against homophobia.”
Skate, score and fight is all that matter in hockey. A new attitude has arisen:
“We’re not here to sugarcoat anything because part of the hockey community and other places are homophobic or anti-LGBT,” Silva says. “I think the biggest success our LGBT community has had and the biggest change you can see in the past year is really the kind of the “who cares?” attitude. It is becoming much like a person’s race, gender or religion. How does [sexual orientation] affect their ability to be a good hockey player? It’s moving more and more in that direction.”
I love how there is a rule about not being allowed to be the third man in fight, and that clean fights are ok as well. The only suspensions were for the guys that jumped in as third man to a fight.
Reign left wing Kevin Estrada and Bakersfield defenseman Tyson Gimblett were suspended one game apiece for being the third players in to an altercation.
Estrada will miss tonight’s game against the Alaska Aces at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Considering the teams combined to receive 278 penalty minutes in the game – 28minutes short of the ECHL record – a one-game suspension and no serious injuries were a very mild fallout for the Reign.
Within the Reign dressing room Monday, the prevailing emotion was pride.
“They’ve got to do what they can to make sure they can sell tickets,” Reign coach Jason Christie said of the Condors. “We’ve all been in that situation. I really like how our guys stuck together. That’s hockey.”
Estrada expressed similar sentiments.
“It’s old-time hockey,” he said. “Guys were held accountable; that’s great. I’m proud that everybody jumped in.”
He seems to revel in controversy both inside and outside the world of sports: he once denounced the “pinkos out there who ride bicycles” and “left-wing pinko newspapers” at the inauguration of a conservative mayor in Toronto while wearing a brilliant pink jacket. The CBC presumably keeps him on because he draws viewers.