Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Steven Stamkos tackles the head shot issue
Posted Mar 16, 2011 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Mar 16, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Steven Stamkos took on the task of answering questions this afternoon in regards to the head shot issue in the game right now, and had some interesting opinions on what is going on and what needs to be done to curb some of the dangerous hits currently taking place in the game. The 21-year-old, I feel, did a good job in speaking up and as one of the stars in this league right now, his voice carries weight.
“I think it definitely helps if guys do speak up, and for that matter it can be any player in this league. I think we all respect each other, with regards to what we say to help improve, especially the health factor in this league. And it’s been scary this year, there are way too many concussions and we had the head shot rule, we’ve tried with the shoulder pads and obviously it’s not enough.
“At the end of the day, in my opinion, we need to respect our opponents a little bit better. It falls on our shoulder. You know what you are doing when you hit a guy, and a lot of people say it’s a fast paced game and for an outsider, it is fast. But for us it does slow down a little bit and you do have that split-second to realize what you are doing. Everyone is accountable whether you are getting hit or you are the one enforcing the hit. You have to know where you are on the ice, you have to know who is out there, what the situation is and it’s just been way too many players this year. And with Crosby being out, Brad Richards missed 10 games, and some marquee players are missing time and it’s not fun. It’s not fun for them, it’s not fun for the fans and we have to do something about it. I have faith that we are and we will find a way. But I think at the end of the day it falls on us as players to take on the responsibility to show that respect for each other.’‘