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Dater’s NHL Daily: Hockey World Still Buzzing Over Makar Penalty Decline



Happy Tuesday to all. I hope everybody is ready for the MINUS temperatures coming Thursday. I’m not sure I am. The older I get, the more I can’t stand frigid temperatures. Can we set up a Palm Beach Hockey Now outpost? The irony: I hate really hot weather too. Let’s do some notes, quotes and links, starting with the buzz still being felt from that Cale Makar “No, don’t make that call against them” moment of sportsmanship last night:

  • That’s something I’d definitely never seen before in 29 years of regular hockey coverage. I think it’s pretty cool actually. But Makar seemed sheepish about it and said that would never happen again.
  • It got lots of news coverage. This story was pretty typical (Sportsnet)
  • It’s now a question being asked: has any player ever, in a team sport, actively, in effect, reversed a call that would have gone to his own team, by telling the refs it shouldn’t have been one?
  • The Bruins now have points in their last 19 home games (Boston Hockey Now)
  • Avalanche assistant GM Kevin McDonald was at that Bruins-Panthers game. But I wouldn’t get too excited by that. He has roots in the Boston area.
  • Then again, he was probably looking at someone on those teams.
  • The Red Wings are sliding again. What’s going wrong in Motown? (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • The Capitals got their goalie back, one whose name will be familiar to Avalanche fans (Washington Hockey Now)
  • Kevin Hayes fired back at John Tortorella. Well, quietly anyway (Philly Hockey Now)
  • An ode to the just-retired, former Av Andrew “Hamburglar” Hammond (Hockey News)
  • Jim Nill lists the reasons his Dallas Stars are off to such a good start (Hockey News)
  • Because it’s Christmas: get 33% off a new yearly subscription to Colorado Hockey Now. Just use promo code word prince in easy checkout box and price will drop from $29.99 to $19.99. (Easy checkout box)
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Regarding similar acts of sportsmanship in team sports, surprisingly there are a number of cases in soccer, a sport that is more commonly associated with feigning injury.

The controversial Italian Paulo di Canio famously stopped the play by catching the ball after the goalie of the opponent had gone down with an injury. And the German striker Miroslav Klose (and record holder with 16 goals in world cups) was a famously gracious sportsman once rejecting a penalty shot that the referee had incorrectly called and another time alerting the referee that he had scored a goal with his hand.


Soccer’s not a sport


Turns out the World’s Best Defenseman is also an actual decent human being.


Ovechkin declined a penalty a few months ago


Cool thing by Cale, but he might have been thinking they were going to call him for embellishment as well.


Ovechkin once declined a penalty:

Ryan Krueger

In hindsight this will be a brilliant decision by Cale. Now when he is tripped, fouled, and no hand goes up he will look at the ref and the ref will know that honest Cale was fouled and then make the call. This will payoff for the Avs for a long time. Also, should cinch the Lady Bing trophy for what it is worth. Just another example of the kind of class guys Joe S. has brought to the team.


Classic story about Gordie Howe and goalie, “The Gumper,” – Gump Worsley of Montreal. Back in the early days of the original six and no goalie masks – – Worsley was flat out on the ice trying to make a save and the puck fell a couple inches from his face. Gordie Howe was right on the spot and could have scored a goal but that would have meant a stick to the face of the Gumper. Gordie skated through, without shooting and then a face-off and stoppage in play. Worsley looked at Gordie with soft, thankful eyes. Gordie then… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by ricoflashback

So… just give him the Lady Byng now???


Can’t help but think that the story written in New York about Cale having arrogance to his game could have made him do this.

This has happened in hockey in the Finnish league as well.

Matthew fofi

Good for makar, mackinnon was also sportsmanship player of the year once. As a avalanche fan I love it, that we can beat teams fair and square.

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