November 10, 2015 3:43 pm
Updated: December 27, 2016 4:40 pm

Edmonton sports corner: NHL coach’s challenge just isn’t my thing

Referee Graham Skiliter (24) explains to Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette why a goal by defenseman Seth Jones, not shown, was waved off in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

EDMONTON – This will be just a quick one. I’m just really feeling the need to express my opinion about the newly-implemented coach’s challenge in the NHL.

Are there people out there that actually like it? Please let me know if you do and why.

I absolutely hate it.

I know that it helped the Oilers against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 6. But it also hindered the Oilers against the Calgary Flames on Halloween.

I think it’s robbing the game of purity.

At the end of the day, it’s a game played by humans and officiated by humans and humans make mistakes.

Everything is now looked at in every sport. Hockey and baseball had that over football and it was a beautiful thing.

I’m no doubt a bit of a traditionalist, but I don’t think that we have to change the game to this extent to make it better.

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