Originally Posted by HordiBrusk29
As far as I'm concerned I hate seeing suspensions. I really do. Suspensions are the easy way out. Players should be forced to face the music and deal with their actions on the ice right then and there. So in that sense I'm glad Bulmer only got one game. That being said, like I mentioned in another thread there isn't accountability in the game anymore. Especially come playoff time. So I highly doubt anything happens. Needless to say I hope I'm wrong.
Agreed. Sadly, nothing happened, as I figured would be the case. And even more sadly, my brother pointed out (accurately) that had one of our players retaliated against Bulmer or the game gotten out of hand, it would just lead to our players being suspended and handicap us for the Kamloops series. So Bulmer got to throw intentional knee on knee hits on two Winterhawks and got the same punishment from the league as Cody Beach got for "making derrogatory comments to the Regina bench" and Oliver Gabriel got for whatever he said to a Kelowna player that got him a game misconduct. In other words, the league now takes trash talking as seriously as throwing multiple intentional knee on knee hits in a game. And to add insult to injury, the league not only issued a weak punishment to Bulmer, it effectively protected him from further retribution (which he fully deserved) through the mere threat of disciplinary action against anyone who did; because, as Bulmer demonstrated in Game 2, he's not interested in answering the bell for his dirty play, so it would no doubt be considered by the league a "one man fight."
This is where a Garth Collins, Shane Halifax, Matt Fetzner, etc. type player would be nice to have on the roster, because it wouldn't have impacted our chances in the Kamloops series much to have him suspended for a couple of games at the beginning.