The new measure of a man, WWGHD?
The new measure of a man, WWGHD? What Would Gordie Howe Do?
It is clear that NHL players have lost their way. Their value system in trapped in a system that provides no open ice. They reach out to coaches, teammates, referees, sports bra clad ice girls and others. But they have no clarity, no serenity, no peace of mind, and (if they are Federov who lost Kournikova) no piece of ass.
Players must look to a higher authority, a role model for their professional lives. As they skate through the rink of life, they must always ask themselves WWGHD. What would Gordie Howe Do?
Let us examine some recent NHL incidents and review WWGHD:
Jeremy Roenick, Philadelphia Flyers– spits blood at the feet of a ref after the ref fails to call a blatant high stick that rearranged Roenick’s face. WWGHD? Gordie would realize that a blind and stupid ref should not be blamed. You don’t throw fear and trepidation into your opponent’s heart by drooling hemoglobin into the faceoff circle. Gordie would bide his time, then late in the season, use his lumber to return the favor to the offending player. Heck, Gordie would probably high stick the entire team next time he had the chance. Remember, revenge is a dish best served to a whole franchise.
Eric Lindros – NY Rangers – breaks Joe Thornton’s cheek with a one punch jab after Joe challenges him dropping the gloves in Boston. WWGHD? Gordie, who was nicknamed Blinky was no stranger to concussions and could empathize with Lindros’s wonky cranial situation. He would applaud Eric’s enthusiasm in dropping the gloves and getting the TKO. However, Gordie would not have stopped there. Gordie would have taken advantage of the loss of the Bruins premier scorer to pot a hat trick and send the Bruins packing with a loss. The Bruins swept the home and home series and Gordie would not have let that happen. Yeah, you gotta beat them senseless, but you also have to win the game.
Vincent Lecavelier – Tampa Bay Lightning – benched by coach JohnTortorella for a blind behind the back pass that led to an odd man rush by the other team. Vinnie said he would keep playing his game. WWGHD? Gordie would realize the problem rests with dumbass teammates who are not in the right spot on the ice to receive your passes. Gordie would use a few elbows in practice to make sure that everyone on his line would stay alert. Sometimes you gotta hurt a friend to make it work out. And if an elbow got in the way of some pathetic coach who was cramping Gordie’s style, well hey, stuff happens.
Teemu Selanne – Colorado Avalanche – demoted to the third line, complaining that he should be playing with buddy Paul Kariya. WWGHD? Gordie would make sure not to be dropping the soap in the shower around Teemu. This isn’t the freakin Boy Scout buddy system, where you hold your pal’s hands while prancing through the forest. NHL means you gotta be willing to step out on the ice and do your thing. Remember, Gordie scored 44 goals in his 23rd year in the NHL. He was not a wimp like Teemu who hit a wall after 15 years in the watered down expansion league. Gordie would not whine to the press, he’d just put the puck in the net 801 times.