“I kind of came up in the older-school way,” he said. “In sports, it’s always been accepted, in terms of coaches finding different tactical ways to motivate guys, whether it’s yelling or profanity. That was just kind of accepted in sports. If you did that in an office job, you’d be gone the next day. It’s a different mentality. We need to continue to grow with the times. [....] I think now that it’s come to light we can start to hear some of the stories and just try to be better. I think we’re on the right track.”
Although Stamkos acknowledges that his history with the sport has included a variety of ways to communicate with coaches, he recognizes the necessity of changing with the times.
The NHL is...creakily...changing with the times. At the Board of Governor’s meeting, the league introduced four changes going forward, presented in PowerPoint bullets. Via the Dallas News:
● Teams will be required to immediately report any incidents of inappropriate behavior by club personnel that has been brought to their attention.
● Swift and severe punishment for those involved in any future or past incidents that are brought to the NHL’s attention.
● A mandatory annual counseling program that all NHL coaches, assistant coaches, minor league coaches, general managers and assistant general managers must attend. The program, which will be created by professionals in the field outside of the NHL, will focus on consciousness-raising, education and training on diversity and inclusion.
● The formation of a disciplinary counsel that will be run under the direction of NHL executive vice-president Kim Davis.
Is this enough? Will the mandatory annual counseling program really be able to change deep-seated attitudes from the older generations of coaches? Will the disciplinary counsel be fair and effective? What kind of punishments are likely to be meted out, and will they be along the lines of the ones mandated for other kinds of slurs? I have a lot of questions, but I will join Stamkos in thinking that at least the league is heading in the right direction.
- Yesterday we all wanted a piece of the Taylor Hall pie. (See articles from Pension Plan Puppets and Raw Charge, among others.) I’m not sure how Hall was going to pull off getting Tampa the first overall draft pick, but he’s definitely proved he has that magic, and now he’s going to bring it to the Arizona Coyotes (they are currently tenth place in the league). [Forbes]
- The Tampa Bay Lightning might be the 23rd most valuable franchise to the NHL, but they’re still first in our own hearts. [BizJournals]
- Nikita Kucherov could return to the lineup tonight against the Senators after sustaining an injury from blocking a shot. Whew. [NHL.com]
- Check out my hometown team and how they did last week (they, er, kind of traded their captain). [Raw Charge]
- Our very own Allokago was on the Around The A Podcast to talk about the Syracuse Crunch with Patrick Williams and David Foot. [Twitter]