We've seen how tyke hockey players learn by watching the pros, how they'll front each other in scrums and crosscheck and facewash each other's protective grille. We've discussed how the NHL sets a very low bar as to conduct on the ice, with both the National Hockey League Players' Association and the League itself acquiescing to acts of thuggery and assaults by indulgent slaps on the wrist or contortions to describe these events as 'hockey plays', inherent unavoidable incidents in a sport played at a high speed with collisions, by honourable men with 'character'.
Except that none of these violent events would be tolerated in normal society. On the street, these same assaults would be met with arrests and charges being laid. So why do we allow the NHL a dispensation? When what they offer is played on a stage to the general public, and broadcast on public airwaves? In stadiums that are largely financed with public monies? Why do we allow the business of pro hockey to pollute our youngsters' morality so that they may (misguidedly) pursue greater profit?
If the NHL won't police itself, it's high time we started doing the job for them. And billing them for our time.