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Old School Hockey vs. New School Hockey: A Debate That Needs to Die

By Brian Kinkade
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Mar 30, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) reacts on the bench after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Please excuse my lame, intentional misquote of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, but it I couldn’t resist.

Old School hockey, the gritty mean, highly-physical style of hockey versus new school hockey, the fancy, clean, more finesse style of hockey, is an old debate, in the world of hockey.  A very annoying debate.

This debate has been around for a while, but it has been much more prevalent, in the last few days.  Brooks OrpikCLEAN hit that injured Jonathan Toews has essentially taken the role of the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, which started World War One, as the hockey world has similarly gone to to war, over what the Chicago Blackhawks should have done, in response to the hit.

Let’s settle it here, before things get ugly, like they did, during the first world war.

“New School Hockey” is without a doubt superior to “Old School Hockey”.  It should be so obvious that it should never have to be said, but unfortunately there are many hockey fans that don’t agree.

Old School hockey supporters would have preferred the Blackhawks to physically retaliate, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, after the hit on Toews.  Fans upset that the Hawks did not do this, were reacting emotionally, rather than logically, to what happened.  Sure, it’s frustrating that the Hawks lost their captain, to injury, but there’s no need to criticise the Hawks for not reacting like a bunch of morons.

Would it have felt good, if someone like Andrew Shaw or Brandon Bollig laid a big hit on a Penguins star, like Sidney Crosby?  Yeah, if you are a fan that doesn’t appreciate the sport of hockey.

What would have been the point of going, all old school, and seeking a big hit, on a Pittsburgh player?  Other than appeasing the hockey fans that prefer less hockey be played during a hockey game.  None.

Old school hockey is pointless, child-like, barbaric hockey blasphemy, that does nothing but hurt the growth of the NHL, as well as the sport, in general.  This type of hockey was commonplace, long ago, in the sports youth.  So, by using the logic of the people wanting hockey players to partake in this sophomoric behavior, we should all go back to traveling by stagecoach, rather than by automobile.

The most heard supporter of old-school hockey, during Sunday’s Hawks vs. Penguins game, was NBC hockey “analyst”, Mike Milbury.  During the intermission, following Orpik’s hit, Milbury was saying that the Hawks needed to go after Orpik and make him pay, for injuring Toews(on a clean hit).

Let’s take a look at Mike Milbury’s hockey track record.

At 2:25, of the video, you’ll notice Mike Milbury, the very same “analyst” during the intermission of the Hawks/Penguins game, going into the stands, and proceeding to psychotically beat a fan with his own shoe.

This is old school hockey.  It’s disgusting and it needs to stay in the past and never return.  To call that hockey, is an insult to the sport that we follow, and is an embarrassment.  At the same time, it is a nice reminder of how far the sport has come.

Why would anyone want to take strategical hockey advice, or any kind of advice, for that matter from a psycho, like Milbury?  I sure hope not.

Milbury is an idiot, plain and simple.  He is nothing more than a cave man that NBC puts in a suit and tie, and places in front of a camera, to poison the minds of newer hockey fans, that are trying to learn the game still.  Please, hockey fans, do not listen to this scum bag.  Just because he played hockey, doesn’t mean he “gets” hockey.

Allow me to get mildly new school, and use numbers to make my point.  In 351 games coached, in the NHL, for the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders, Milbury has a record of 146-160-45 (wins-losses-ties).  This shows that Milbury and his old school ways are efficient ways to lose more hockey games, rather than winning them.

Isn’t winning the game the ultimate purpose of playing the game?

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