Hockey Enforcers and the CODE

Mary MimiCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2008

Well, this one thing I really enjoy about hockey, some of the people will agree, and some will argue. Some of you guys hate it, and some of you love it. For me, um, I kind of like love-it hate-it. Yup, the hockey fights, you guessed it.

If you're a hockey fan and now you want to know why, hmm...duh, you've seen a lot of fights in the hockey games, haven't you?

And you heard these crazy fans’ cheers for their team's enforcers, right? Well, maybe you yourself are one of the crazy fans I'm talking about.

I love the fights because of their hockey spirits, because of that braveness, and responsibility.

Wonder what the heck am I talking about eh? Responsibility...? But you'll get what I mean in awhile.

The enforcers of the team might be the nicest guys you'll ever seen off the ice, but on it, that is their job.

I know their job is hockey players, but they know that they couldn't score a natural hat-tricks all of the sudden, and they know themselves well, their talent, and they know their forces could help the team a lot, that's their job, their role.

Have you ever heard that the team's enforcers are usually the most favorable guys if the MOST popular guy is the captain? Well, why not, the enforcers are the ones who got the fans all excited, the ones who cheer the bench up, most importantly, the ones who bring a team momentum, hope, and energy.

The thing that's important is to protect the other players on your team, especially the best players and, of course, the captain.

Sometimes the fight started with just a little shove from a enforcer to the best player on the other team.

Sometimes the retaliation could bring to a really ugly ending.

You all know the Bertuzzi incident, so we don't really have to talk it all over. The victim was the rookie, Moore.

Surely enough, Moore thought he paid enough responsibility for hurting the Canucks' captain. And surely enough, Bertuzzi think the other way, so Bertuzzi goes up and asked the kid.

Moore, on the other side, doesn't want to fight anymore. Indeed, he's not a fighter, and what does he know, he's just a rookie, so he refused Bertuzzi again and again. And Bertuzzi finally decided to shove at him, so, "slam," Moore's down...

Okay, the uglies, first of all, Bertuzzi shouldn't take a shot at Moore at his back.  That's against the CODE.  You just don't face a guy that's not ready, and you don't face a guy who refused to fight.

Onto Moore's side, I think he should be able to turn and face Bertuzzi and just do whatever he could.  He shouldn't be avoiding him anyways. Maybe if he had fought Bertuzzi, it wouldn't hurt him that bad.

And most of all, everybody would respect him for doing that, and the whole thing is over.

Okay...Here's a unreal one...

Say it's Boston versus Pittsburgh.

If the Boston Bruins' big guy Zdeno Chara decided to take a shot at Pittsburgh's young captain Sidney Crosby, then he'll have to face one of the Pittsburgh's enforcers. 

Chara KNEW it was coming, and he KNEW it's probably going to be tough guy Georges Laraque who said he'll hold Crosby's back.

So Laraque goes up to Chara and goes, "wanna go, pretty boy?"  Chara will HAVE to square off with him no matter how tough Laraque is, else he'll be a guy who broke the CODE. A part of the CODE is about respect the opponent's retaliation.

Speaking of the CODE, the responsibility I had mentioned previously is a big part of it.