It’s funny. I was on the SN site and when I tried to watch this video it made me watch two 30 second Christmas commercials before I could watch Gary’s presser. I haven’t done that ever. I waited until the commercials were over just to see how many there were, then went to youtube to get Gary’s announcement. Still, from SN, but I haven’t seen the two commercial trick in a while. There’s no way I stay for the content if I have to watch two 30 second commercials. You?
Anyway here’s the presser which was largely about the BOG mtgs and what Gary plans to do to address the shitty hockey culture after Babs and Bill Peters wrecked it for everyone by being cocks.
Bettman suggests ‘zero tolerance’ policy for clubs, individuals who don’t report inappropriate conduct https://t.co/ljTPCMwNkt
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 10, 2019
The Akim Aliu/Bill Peters thing really pissed Bettman off
As it should have. I was joking about the snitch line but that’s what teams and coaches and some players will call it. It’ll be a phone number that probably goes to the NHLPA or an HR contractor paid to rout the complaint to the usual suspects (Daly, Bettman, PA, Etc). It’ll be dealt with internally and it may or may not affect change but what this snitch line will do is piss off every single coach in the NHL.
It doesn’t really foster a lot of trust and seems like an overreaction but if Bettman is serious about making sure the complaint is taken seriously, good for him. I instantly question the motives of what’s on the back end of Gary’s hotline and how the complaint is handled for transparency’s sake if I’ma take this as a REAL thing he’s doing for the betterment of the game an the players in it.
Plus, all the bad press REALLY irks Gary.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that all pro hockey coaches, general managers and assistant GMs would be required to undergo mandatory annual training on diversity and inclusion. https://t.co/7dcX0YM2wS
— CBC News (@CBCNews) December 10, 2019
Making Coaches get some sensitivity training is a good idea.
It sounds weird but yes, adult coaches of adult men in the NHL need to be shown with a pen and paper on how not to use the N-word or abuse players. It’s the same reason there are labels on hair dryers warning you not to operate it in the bathtub. Someone has shown that it’s necessary to specifically warn people against doing something the rest of us just naturally know you don’t do. I dunno how informative or educational it needs to be. Just show a slide show with the best tweets and stories about Bill Peters and Mike Babcock circa 2019 and you’re good.
Mike might coach again but at a fraction of the money, he made coaching the Leafs. Too much risk and way too much baggage for $6m and his career will now be defined by being the most hated coach in NHL history.
Bill will never coach again because he’s a racist asshole who hits people.
No Matter the motivation, the NHL played this well and should be applauded for it
Yes, it’s fair to say NHL coaches need a refresher on why it’s hard to motivate players with the ‘N’ word. Maybe coaches need to hear why hitting and kicking your players may result in lifelong resentment that might come back to ruin your career in the digital social age we live in.
Still. I applaud the NHL’s effort to not deflect any of the recent negative press. They seem to have embraced it in an effort to understand it and change it instead of staying silent or worse, defending the coaches blindly.
Speaking of which, listen to our latest podcast where former Leaf Sean Mattias talked about how much a doucher Mike was and imagine that being your boss. Seriously. Plus there’s a sweet story in there about Mike’s note pad and the forecheck.