Re: Pure Class
posted at 1/26/2012 9:36 AM EST
In Response to Re: Pure Class
[QUOTE]These are great occurances to read about. The Chimera act should be a teachable moment for the NHL. Does anyone think the fact both Chimera (33 years old) and Knuble (40 years old) are older veteran players have something to do with it? Meaning as vets they perhaps maintain a healthy measure of respect for their opponents that was instilled in them as youths that connected to the values players once held for each other?
Posted by RichHillOntario[/QUOTE]
Actually, I kinda disagree. Vets "do" dictate the whole culture, and that's why they're so important....but it's no better than 50-50 it had anything to do with what was instilled in them as youth.
I think it's more a result of growing as both a person, and a pro hockey player. 28 year olds, not always, but usually are more mature than 21 year olds. Whether you get into the league via toughness, or skill, your experiences change you, and you start to become more your own person as you gain more experience, and more security. To "get in', these guys will do anything, say anything, and will gladly, be anything. What ever that ends up being, they'll stick with that until a more stable option presents itself.
There's a very pronounced pecking order in pro sports. Veterans are treated with absolute respect by the younger guys.
It pretty much comes down to,...you become what's made you successful, and you extoll the virtues of that.
Your point though, the vets have a huge impact on whats considered ok, and what isn't, is very true.