Tape2Tape (022): Shedding Hockey’s “Tough” Mentality

Mark Stone, P.K. Subban, Ryan Remiorz, Ottawa Senators, Canadian Press

Mark Stone returned in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals after taking a slash by P.K. Subban in Game 1. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Playing injured in the NHL playoffs has long been considered an expectation of the job – the role of every NHL player. That’s just what hockey players do right?

Wrong. At least they shouldn’t be playing like that. After all, consider the long-term effects of playing with these injuries. Consider the costs to the teams. Consider how effective they actually are when they’re on the ice. 

In the latest Tape2Tape, I discuss the “tough” guy mentality in hockey and how important it is to shed this idea. Teams have to put a limit on these players and stand pat when they want to return to the game injured.

For the full story, check out the link below.

Tape2Tape: Shedding Hockey’s “Tough” Mentality – Originally published on The Hockey Writers’ Overtime


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