When the movie Miracle depicted the U.S. hockey team's postgame punishment in Norway, coach Herb Brooks sternly told his players, “When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates.”
Any skipper in the sport should regularly add that suiting up and getting involved in hockey also mean representing the game itself.
In turn, plays that step indisputably beyond the boundaries of the rules serve as poor representations of a player, his team and hockey in general. Even in a game as inherently fast, physical and kinetically emotional as this one is, there have been more preventable lapses in judgment and plain malicious moves than any devout puckhead would care to recount.
The return of the NHL, the game’s quintessential circuit, comes with the return of rivalries and other wonderfully spicy aspects of hockey. But it also comes with a responsibility to prevent and prepare for unsavory incidents.
Hockey’s detractors will underscore any of the following kinds of plays as an excuse to scold the sport’s enthusiasts and participants. The simple counterpoint is that these plays warrant penalties and supplemental discipline and that good players are usually mindful of the boundaries and respectful of their fellow participants.
On that note, here are the 10 most notorious plays that hockey perpetually combats.