Just got this statement from the head of the NHLPA.
TORONTO, ON (March 10, 2011) – National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr made the following statement today:
“Player safety has always been, and continues to be, a great concern to the Players’ Association. In that regard, issues involving the boards and glass in NHL arenas have been a longstanding focus for the players. The serious nature of the injury suffered by Max Pacioretty in Montreal this week reinforces the importance of maximizing the safety in this area and highlights the need to look further into the matter. We will be inspecting the rink in Montreal, and elsewhere as needed, to make sure the appropriate padding is in place. We will continue to gather feedback from the membership, to ensure the safest possible work environment for our players.”
I think it’s pretty simple. Eliminate the glass between the benches, and round the glass at the far end of the benches. If you need a barrier to protect fans/workers/security and Pierre McGuire, put up a net. It would eliminate all turnbuckles, etc. And the need to ever try to write the word stanchion or stantion or whatever the heck it is.
You’re welcome, Mr. Fehr. You can send the check directly to me.