Maybe the only real way to curb head and spinal injuries in hockey is to get to the kids early and nip the nastinesss in the bud. That’s why I’m going to take two DVD’s that were sent me and give them to minor hockey coaches here in Powell River once hockey season starts up again.
Scotiabank, along with ThinkFirst Canada and Reebok-CCM Hockey, launched last spring a really fine video called SMART Hockey, which is intended to help teach young hockey players, their families, coaches and other game officials how to play safer hockey to prevent brain and spinal injuries.
The video is actually pretty sweet and features John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Myers, and is anchored by Tessa Bonhomme, with really nice, clear hockey action. So producers found a way to make a film that’s fun to watch and also gets a strong message across.
There’s been far too many head shots lately in the NHL, this ugliness is damaging the good name of the world’s greatest sport, and it’s time to take action as best we can.
I agree with Don Cherry on one big point. Get rid of the body armour players most wear and get back to a bit more basic shoulder pad, for example. The things they wear now would knock an elephant unconscious.
There are important lessons and hockey tips in this video and that’s why I’m giving the two I have to a couple of local coaches. And maybe they can pass them around to other coaches afterward.
You can also check out ScotiaHockeyClub’s Facebook page about this – http://www.facebook.com/ScotiaHockeyClub
Here’s the promo, along with part one –