Free Skating

As Canada celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Summit Series between the NHL’s best players and the former Soviet Union’s best amateurs, it’s kind of sad to realize that not much has changed since the series. The series showed North America that gritty hockey couldn’t always beat finesse and skill and skating. And nothing changed. The NHL continued its policy of boxing on ice. And even today, the NHL is still trying to reclaim hockey from the modern game’s Grabcapades. To that end, Jim Kelley says he likes the new crackdown on holding and obstruction. But everyone always likes it. Everyone loved pure no-fighting, no dump-and-chasing hockey after the Summit Series and then after the last Olympics. Most people like to watch pure hockey. For some reason, the NHL prefers grown men yanking each others jerseys off.