MARTY'S HOCKEY PAGE
I am a diehard hockey fan. Which means, I basically like anything hockey-related, including roller hockey, ice hockey, and even air hockey.
Future plans may be to be a source of up-to-date information on my favorite NHL team,
Or maybe this page will never amount to anything....Stay tuned and check back
Basically for the last several years, I have been obsessed with ANYTHING hockey related. I went to my first LA King's game several years ago as a young Cub scout and got to see my first professional hockey game. The Kings wore purple and gold uniforms and were awful and all I remember from my first trip to the Great Western Forum were the Triple Crown Line of Dave Taylor, Marcel Dionne, and Charlie Simmer (one of the most dominant lines in the NHL ever and were even voted onto the 1979 (?) all-star team as a whole line); the outstanding goal tending of now King exec, Rogie Vachon; and a drunken fan standing up and screaming at the losing Kings that they were a bunch of "yellow chickens& " and some other not so flattering terms. The last is a tradition I plan on keeping except, I usually yell at the opposing team, coaches, and its fans and of course, the refs. Drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages is generally discouraged as they charge $5.00 for one cup of cheap domestic beer, usually , Miller, Bud, etc...However, I was recently told that they allow people to bring in beverages and drinks into the GWF, so on my last few trips, I have brought drinks in with me in my heavy, King's jacket with lots of large pockets. Drinking is not a reason for going to hockey games though...that can be done anywhere.
Hockey is a great sport for spectators and participants alike as it combines fast-paced action, incredible skills, the beauty of skating and passing plays and the barbarity of devastating hits and fights. Despite the common joke which goes ..." I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out..", the sport isn't as violent as it is portrayed in the media. First, hardly anyone gets hurt as a result of clean hits, those which are merely using ones body on the opposition and these are regulated by rules which outlaw low hits (i.e. knee-on-knee), high hits (i.e. elbows,fists to the head and face) , or those where the player is too close to the boards which would maximize an injury. The majority of hits are clean and when someone breaks a rule and outlaws a less than clean hit, he is generally assessed with a minor, major, misconduct, fines, ejection's, and/or suspensions. These rules recognize the potential violence that exists in all sports, especially contact sports and incorporate discipline directly into the game. Sometimes, tempers will arise as in any competition (which is good as it shows the desire to win) and fights will break out. The fights, themselves are generally harmless and the most substantial injuries are usually a few cuts and bruises and the fights are conducted in a mostly respected manner. BOTH players generally recognize and acknowledge the fact that they want to go at it with each other, by conforming to the unwritten rules of dropping the sticks and gloves and squaring off with one another. Usually, one on one with automatic ejection's for the 3rd man into an altercation. The fights are generally harmless as hockey players wear tons of padding, including helmets and it is hard to injure one another with only a fist to penetrate the substantial armor. Also, waltzing around on the ice in the heavy gear tends to tire the combatants rather quickly and most usually end quickly as a result of the refs separating them or else after one party is wrestled to the ground. In a sport which has players sharpening their skates and taping up of long sticks prior to each and every game, the potential for violence is enormous, but these are primarily outlawed effectively as weapons due to the strict rules banning their use in such a manner. The game is generally not dominated by fights. Minor penalties and major penalties result from various infractions so they are incorporated into the game itself to handle emotions and the overwhelming desire to win. Though most fans like a little fighting now and then (myself included), this is a minor aspect of the game, and the fights themselves are usually not ugly incidents. Unlike other sports where the trend is toward uglier displays of violence, i.e. bench clear brawls in basketball and baseball as players charge the pitcher's mound, hockey violence is contained and the rules provide for appropriate punishment including minor and major penalties, misconduct's, fines, and ejection's.
I was going to be original and NOT make a list of LINKS as EVERY other page has them and it is really easy to find sites on your own by going to various search engines. But, I think these are the best, so be lazy and go there or go do a search through all of the sites with the same names.
THE BEST LA KINGS SITE and also the newest,
MORE Kings Sites
Official NHL Pages National Hockey League Players' Association
ESPNet Sportszone hockey
And ANOTHER Hockey Site
by the San Jose Sharks and the Exploratorium Science Museum. Despite it having images and interviews of the bitter Nocals or San Jose Sharks, this page is fascinating as it answers many of these interesting questions. (I wish I would have paid attention in physics now! Attention Mr. (I forgot his name) my high school Physics teacher, THIS is how you should have taught Physics instead of putting the class to sleep with your inane and dull lectures.