Should Players Be Suspended for Skipping All-Star Games?
The NHL is not putting up with players missing the game or even skipping the festivities if injured. Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom & Pavel Datsyuk will be forced to sit out the next Red Wings game if they completely miss this years NHL All-Star game. Both players are "injured", but played in the Red Wings last contest, and would play in the next contest against Columbus. NHL super star Sydney Crosby also will miss the NHL All-Star game but the NHL has yet to make a statement to the punishment he will face if he does not attend the festivities. The NHL simply wants Lidstrom, Datsyuk, and Crosby to attend the events surrounding the game since they are not going to play.
The concept of suspending players for not playing in an all-star game that they were selected to participate in is a smart choice for the NHL and may be instituted by other leagues. These athletes make millions to do something they love, and it is important to give back to the fans that voted for them to play in their sports all-star game. Athletes should play in their sports all star games.
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