Safety Net's Part II

I have written about the Safety Net’s when word first came of them being put up.

This issue has been very controversial in the past.

This year, behind all of the goal’s, of every NHL team, safety net’s have been put up in all arena’s.

What do you think about the safety nets being put up?Baseball has a net behind home plate, now Hockey has netting behind each goal. Now, in baseball, the netting doesn’t seem to bother anyone, (especially when a 100MPH wild pitch is being stopped by it) Does the same purpose of the net hold true in the NHL?

Many people believe now, that the netting will block the view and annoy the fan’s…. If you have season tickets behind the net do you want the net in your face?

I would like to get a comment from someone who has sat behind the netting in the preseason to tell us what they thought and tell us the details.

Out of all the arenas that have the netting the one place that didn’t left a girl in Florida’s preseason game last Saturday hit in the face with the puck again….. Someone let the NHL off with a warning…..

So after people thought to themselves (after that 13 year old girl died) “what are the chance’s of it happening again”….. They where just shown (this time without death) how easy it is for a person to get hit in the face with a puck…..

If anyone has any Info on the seat’s behind the netting please share with the rest of us.

14 Responses to Safety Net's Part II

  1. mikster says:

    Well, i am safe, which is a good thing. For the many many years of hockey…no one ever said anything about nets or safety.

    One little girl died, it’s a shame. Obviously the NHL was more interested in not getting sued than the safety of the fans.

    One thing about the vision, i think it is annoying. It does ubstruct a fan’s view….therefore i say the ticket prices of the seats behind the net should cost less than the original value.

  2. Varada25 says:

    i went to the Sabres vs Sens game last saturday, my seats are up in the 300’s right behind the net so i had to put up with the netting. Its different, but I had no problem with it at all. I think the fans should learn to adjust to it and deal with it. I wasnt exactly for it, but i dont think the league had any other choice. Imagaine how mad you would be if it was your kid that got killed cuz of no netting.

  3. edmontonrules says:

    I heard that already in one of the pre-season games an old lady was hit in the face right behind the net. Apparently she was bleeding all over and everything but she was okay. I think that getting a puck in the stands is hockey. If you are young (or old) and can’t protect yourself you should sit somewhere where it is not like ly you will get hit by a puck.

  4. mikster says:

    That made the headlines just because the 13 year old girl died. People got hit before with the puck…..

  5. nexusrage21 says:

    The nets are annoying. My season tickets are right behind them in MSG and it’s a distraction…not only that but it makes it hard to see sometimes.

  6. Bluesrock7 says:

    I work at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, and I was on the ice and saw the nets from that perspective. I couldn’t even tell they were there for the most part, so maybe that’s why they are black instead of white or some other color – for the players’ sake. It might be distracting to some players to have a giant white net encase the arena. Just a thought.

  7. edmontonrules says:

    Yes but if the nets work don’t you think that she shouldn’t have been hit?

  8. guinsfan4life says:

    I think the Safety Net is a good idea.

    I think it is a good idea because, as rare as this accident might have been, if it would ever happen again, the national hockey league would be held more responsible because they did nothing to attempt to prevent it from happening.

    So more than anything I think this was a public relations move to protect the NHL from impending criticism if the situation would occur.

    It had to happen.

  9. guinsfan4life says:

    So then if you have people who can’t protect themselves from a puck (which I would say is about 90% of the people who attend hockey games), where is everyone going to sit??

    FLUKE-is the word that has been thrown around associated with the little girl getting hit in the head with a puck and dying, or the old lady you head that was hit.

    I think it is a FLUKE if you are in the stands and are able to somehow NOT get hit with the puck. The speed, trajectory of the puck is impossible to determine.

  10. guinsfan4life says:

    Wait a second…

    These players are getting paid millions of dollars to play a GAME and they can’t deal with netting to protect the people who pay their salaries??

    Give me a break. If any member of the blues every complains while you are working in the savvis center, tell them to just deal with it.

  11. mikster says:

    All i can say is, shit happens.

    I almost got hit once, but i avoided it. You have to watch the game until play ends. If you wonder around, then you’re in trouble. Keep your heads up, that’s right….it goes for us fans to do that also.

  12. regdunlop says:

    THEY SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK!!!!!!. It skews my view of the scoreboard and the far end of the ice. get rid of them or lower the ticket prices. I won’t be sitting there next year.

  13. pat says:

    If you are sitting that close to the ice, and behind the goals, expect to be hit with a puck. Its that simple. There will always be that possibility. Its like sitting in the front rows and Seaworld, you will be splashed by Shamu, or a Gallagher show, where you will be hit by smashed watermelon….if you are in the lower sections at hockey game, especially by the net, expect to be splashed by a puck in the face.

    Take down the Safety Nets and give the dipshits who can’t watch their own kids or be responsible for themselves helmets.


  14. vasko says:

    It was not the right decision be Bettman. He simply should have answered that the girl’d death was a freak occurence, which it was, and let it drop.

    Right or wrong, people will feel that the netting protects them and, perhaps, be come careless. The netting will fail and someone will get hurt setting up the potential for civil action. Or someone in an area that is not protected by the netting will sue after they have been puck injured, claiming they should have had the protective netting.

    The netting decision was stricly made to obviate potential legal problems . In actuality, it has the potential to make things worse.

    Bettman’s comparison to the netting behind homeplate for baseball is not germane. Such netting has been in place for 50 years, and people are not paying $100 per seat per game to sit behind homeplate.

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