The first game of the season between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs was an exciting, filled with everything we love about hockey. However, it sounds like no everyone enjoyed the stiff cross-check as Jeff Jackson, NHL player agent for superstars like Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, complained that “the abuse that star players take is hard to watch.”
That’s because his client Matthews was on the ice in the final moments of the game and was hit several times by defenders Shea Weber and Ben Chiarot. No penalty was called and Matthews was forced to play with what coach Sheldon Keefe called “a stinger.” His agent did not appreciate the abuse treatment to his client.
“Great to see NHL hockey back last night. Such amazing athletes & so much speed & skill in the game now,” tweeted Jackson.
“But watching the abuse that star players take is hard to watch. Felt like the 80’s with the cross checks in the back & the hacking & slashing. NFL protects QB’s? Why don’t we?”
It did not take long for fans to roast Matthews, labelled the new cry baby of the NHL, though he reportedly did not complain about the abuse. However, the fact that his agent did prompted fans to roast him, seeing that forward Brendan Gallagher has endured this kind of treatment for years without anyone complaining! Here are some of the best replies from fans:
I agree with these fans, whether you root for the Leafs or Habs - or any team out there!
I don’t think there are too many hockey fans wanting to see the NHL follow in the NFL’s footsteps. The NHL already goes out of its way to protect goaltenders the same was the NFL goes out of its way to protect quarterbacks. Now we want to add “star players” to that list, as well? Nonsense.
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