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Boudreau blames the information age for hysteria over hockey violence

Apr 18, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks all the hubbub over dirty play is partly due to the way the NHL is covered in the internet age.

In an interview with CBC.ca, Boudreau says we’re hearing so much about hockey violence because we’re hearing so much about, well, everything.

“You can’t move without anything being reported, that’s why,” he said. “I mean if this was 1972 and they didn’t have cell phones or computers or anything else, you would’ve got a quick look on a highlight one night and that would’ve been it.”

Personally I think he makes a great point. People today are bombarded with information. No wonder things start looking like epidemics. It’s like how people think there’s more violent crime today than there was 20 years ago, even though it’s the opposite. It’s just we see so much more of it reported on TV and online.

The same holds true for the NHL. I mean, you can read blogs that touch on literally every hockey story that gets published. Over and over and over, and from every imaginable angle. It’s relentless. Should we be surprised at all the hysteria?

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  1. dougr42 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    first. wait, what?

  2. solador78 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    If it weren’t for science and the information age we’d all still be smoking two packs a day, driving around drunk, without seatbelts.

    And if this was 1972, players with concussions wouldn’t notice their symptoms as much since their senses wouldn’t be constantly overloaded by things like the internet and lcd tvs.

    They’d sit out back behind the barn and their friends would say, “Don’t mind Mike Milbury, he’s a little off after taking one-too-many blows to the head.”

    And then we’d all laugh.

  3. kascal13 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Don’t blame the internet for the outrage over the violence in this year’s playoffs; blame the violence itself. I’ve been following the playoffs for years now via the internet and TV, and have never seen this many cheap shots so soon into the post-season. The bottom line is that this year’s playoffs have been particularly dirty, and fans are justifiably upset about watching players take headshots and then seeing Shanny dole out piss-poor discipline.

    The internet is a powerful tool, and I think it’s great that fans across the NHL can have a discussion about more than just what happened to their local team. Boudreau is one of the few coaches not as upset as fans are about what has been going on this past week and a half, and that might just be because his team wasn’t good enough to make the cut, and so aren’t out there taking these kinds of shots. He’s passing off as hysteria what is a legitimate call for change and more respect among players, because that’s easier than admitting that there’s work to be done to change the way we play the game.

  4. imleftcoast - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    The North Korean Olympic hockey team is not having these problems. Great point.

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