This has been a great week in the National Hockey League for all the wrong reasons…
It all started in Toronto when it was revealed that former Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock forced a 19-year-old Mitch Marner to make a list of all the players on the team, singling out the players who he viewed had the worst work ethic.
Since the incident was made public, many have denounced Babcock, condemning the former head coach for putting Marner through such an ordeal and even accused Babs of trying to put his players against one another.
On top of that came the awful story in Calgary: head coach Bill Peters has been accused of making racist remarks at former player Akim Aliu during the 2009-10 season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. It was even revealed by former Hurricanes player Michal Jordan that there were “multiple” physical altercations between Peters and players in Carolina during his time behind the team’s bench.
With all this, Joe MacDonald of The Athletic reminded us of an interview he held with Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara earlier this month about bullying and hazing.
Something the giant defenseman had to deal with as he made his way to the big league…
“I’ve been through some stuff and had to do certain things as a young player, and I didn’t like it,” Chara told The Athletic. “Right then I made up my mind if I was ever in control of that kind of environment and could make a change, I would do it.”
He asked a great question that everyone around the league should asked themselves, especially with the abuse allegations at the forefront of the league:
“How can you expect something out of a young player on the ice when you treat him differently off the ice?” Chara said. “I believe in certain acts or behaviors, and it’s a standard for me that we’re not going to be using anything against anyone.”
Sports unite people and we can see that players are set on working together to better the league. Chara is hoping to inspire others.