Known for his role on Sy-Fy's Eureka as Sheriff Jack Carter, Colin Ferguson is also an avid hockey fan. He has even blogged about hockey as one of the NHL Celebrity Blogger.
For a recent interview with the Bleacher Report Coiln Ferguson lightheartedly talked about his love of the game.
When asked which team he disliked the most, Mr. Ferguson chuckled that “[He] tends not to hate a team, so much as I sort of have little grudges from time to time”
This answer would take on a life of its own as Mr. Ferguson explained a change to the current rules that he as a fan would like to see.
It started with him jokingly saying he was “still bitter about the Chara hit on Pacioretty”
The conversation went on to discuss other hits that were a clear intent to injure an opposing player. Mr. Ferguson explained he would rather see clean hits than ones that seem intending to hurt the other player.
“For the question you're not going to ask me, the rule that needs to come in, is a player should be suspended for as many games as a player they injure is out.”
After a postseason that saw a number of players preform questionable hits, in some cases severely injuring the other player, this rule could help change that.
Colin Ferguson feels that this new rule should be tied to the injury, “especially if it's a concussion. You wanna play that game, and hit a guy in the head you're going to be out as long as he is."
After the first interview, Mr. Ferguson agreed to answer some secondary questions to flush this rule out some. With the lighthearted nature of a long time hockey fan he helped elaborate on his rule idea.
He does not believe that there should be a minimum suspension for this rule, “You can't have a wild generalization that gets the job done. It has to be done on a situation by situation basis."
Mr. Ferguson also believes that the rules are already in place to differentiate between a hit with intent to injure and a clean hit on an injury prone player.
“You draw the line using the rules already on the books.”
Another stipulation he believes should exist concerns repeat offenders.
During this year's postseason, Raffi Torres hit Marian Hossa and took one of the Chicago Blackhawks stars out of the series. He preformed a similar hit the year before against Brent Seabrook.
The NHL handed out its most severe suspension of this years postseason to Torres for his hit on Hossa, totalling 25 games.
Colin Ferguson believes this was a good suspension, and feels that under the rule he would like to see, that repeat offenders should be more severely punished.
“When you have a history of taking a player out of the game... You're effecting their career. If you have players that are injuring players all over the place, yeah they have to be taken out.”
“If they’re going to effect someone else's livelihood their own has to be in jeopardy.”
Another addition that Colin Ferguson believes should be a part of this rule is the utilization of video replay.
Upon watching the replay if it is determined that the hit was with intent to injure and was missed on the ice, the offending player can still be penalized.
The opposite can also occur under these circumstances, should it be found after the fact via video replay that there was no intent to injure then no punishment will be doled out.
Lastly, he discussed when a hit to the head results in a concussion, that the offending player should be out the same length of time as the injured one.
“If a very obvious intent to injure hit takes someone out for six months, maybe you shouldn't play for six months.”
“Then the hits will change. You'll hit a guy like a Mac Truck but you'll hit them in the chest, and that's a great part of the game. Hit them hard but hit them clean.”
While he believes that this rule will not prevent every tragedy, he feels that it will stop the plan to take players out, or injure them.
He summed up the new rule suggestion concisely as:
“The league should reserve the right to tie the punishment and penalty to the recovery time of the injured player, if for no other reason than to send a clear message that an intent to injure will not be tolerated.”