Thank you to Ken Hitchcock of the Dallas Stars.
Finally, someone gets it. The upper body / lower body injury designation that has become as hockey lingo as ‘get the pucks in deep’ and ‘give it 110 per cent’ has to go.
It’s a ridiculous premise that saying a player has a broken pinky finger or separated shoulder or torn hamstring is somehow going to give the opposition the edge or put the player’s health in further trouble because players will start targeting them.
Hitchcock knows as well as everybody, the players already know what’s wrong with the guy on the other team. Everybody knows everything around the league so why not just say it.
It’s gotten so bad that journalists have started writing in their stories the short form to UBI or LBI for injuries.
The NFL does it right with near daily injury reports that specify knee, head, shoulder, ankle, illness, etc. How hard is that?
Hopefully, this movement continues but I won’t hold my breath … sorry … cause myself to have an upper-body injury.