The Monday After: When silence is deafening
When the silence becomes deafening
Do you remember the song by Ronan Keating when he said "You say the best, when you say nothing at all"? Well, DOPS has shown that the silence is certainly not golden.
The hockey world has spoken a lot about Masi Marjamaki of Cardiff's success on David Goodwin of Belfast Giants who was worth no more than the five games and more than he received at 39; era.
In order for my tuppence to be worth it, it was a bad decision by DOPS not to inflict more punishment. How they can honestly agree that it was not worth begging me.
Given the other DOPS verdicts pronounced by Sam Jones in Fife Flyers and Ben O’Connor of the Steelers, to omit this from any action is a sort of head scratching.
It took a request from Belfast Telegraph reporter Adam McKendry to contact the league and ask the question, seeking clarification on what was going on.
To the credit of EIHL, they responded and issued a statement saying, "The player making the stroke remained tucked away and there was no rise or upward movement. before the blow, which allowed significant body contact when the head was not targeted
Take a minute of your life and watch the whole video. Let us know where you think the main point of contact is! pic.twitter.com/yJOWFBK4z7
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"It was concluded by both (leagues which assessed the incident) that a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct on the play were sufficient.
"The injury report submitted by the Belfast Giants also concurred with the fact that there was significant bodily contact and with the force of the blow which passed through the body rather than the head. "
Now you don't need to wear glasses to see clearly on the video that the main point of contact was Goodwin's head, but we can say all day long that something should have happened.
However, the position of the league not to make an announcement of incidents which it considered unworthy of any other action has been wrong here.
We know that they have broadcast live images of all the games and can identify the moments they need to review, making it a more streamlined process.
Many of them are treated here and there, but for me, they let themselves go with this one and how it was articulated.
Given the scale of success, there should have been a communication from the league. A journalist should not have had to approach them to get clarification.
Last year we published an opinion article by Ryan Maitland on the lack of DOPS verdicts and it is also relevant now that it was then.
I'm not saying that there should be communication on each of them, but the big ones need to be clarified, which is the case.
I worked with the league in the Goulakos / Fretter incident which led to changes to the system which is now in place and which works much better now than it does 39; did. Checks to the head have gone down considerably, if you look back over the past two or three years now.
But this one did not help the acceptance of DOPS by the fans and the way they work, especially with regard to communication, as they continue to be perceived with suspicion.
We won't all agree on each judgment rendered, but at least be more transparent about how you do it and help us understand why, in some cases, no other action was not necessary.
This certainly deserves a discussion at the very least.
Back to the board drawing for GB
It's hard not to be disappointed that Great Britain failed to pass the next stage of the Olympic qualifying tournament, but Pete Russell will no doubt have learned a lot about this team this weekend.
It was the first match since the world championships in Slovakia last year and after victories against Romania and Estonia, the atmosphere was certainly positive that they could do the job against Hungary.
Where are they going from here? These are the upcoming World Championships and all eyes are on the tournament in Switzerland this year, so Pete has time to watch his team and make decisions by May.
It is naive to think that the team that participated in Nottingham this weekend will be exactly the same when the pre-tournament games begin, but it is time to look at what is going on. went wrong here and start over.
The new boys Scott Conway, Travis Ehrhardt and Brendan Connolly have all done well and there is bound to be room for Liam Kirk, with the season he has in the OHL.
If anything, it looks like Russell will have a lot to think about before what could be a much more difficult attempt in the upper group later this year, with two teams, who will be co-hosts already exempt from relegation .
It is important to remember the road traveled by the GB in recent years, so do not get bogged down. The Olympics are over and the World Championship campaign is starting now.