Matt Cooke. The name will live in infamy to all those who watch hockey. Up there with the likes of Mike Milbury, Ulf Samuelsson, and current degenerate Sean Avery. By now most of you know he's been suspended for the regular season and first round of the playoffs. Some see it fitting, others see it as not enough. Today, I had been reading different statements along the lines of players thoughts, to ownership thoughts. All varied with mixed emotions, some more brash than others. Digging deeper I found a statement by Cooke apologizing for his hit. Let me break it down.
"I made a mistake. I'm the one that's accountable for that. I take full responsibility for it. I'm sorry to my teammates, my management, my coaching staff and my organization. It's something that, moving forward, I'll make different." Cooke said in his statement. It's a step in the right direction for those following the Penguins, but through the eyes of others it's a "Prove it." type of thing. Now, I'm all for giving someone another chance and attoning for their wrongs; but how many times have we heard something like this from people who don't know any better? The answer: Countless.
"I don't want to hurt anybody. That's not my intention. I know that I can be better." Pause for a second and think about this. If he never had any intention to hurt anyone, Marc Savard would still be skating, Ryan McDounagh wouldn't have had to make a short visit to the hospital, Vinny LeCavalier wound't have had to miss that lengthy amount of time that people thought he was almost finished from. Not to mention Alexander Ovechkin's knee almost being shattered, Fedor Tyutin's spine almost being severed, and countless other incidents. You made that bed you lay in now, there will be no sympathy from anyone on this statement.
There are some that believed that this was in the league with the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty. The two are not even in the same league. The difference between the two was that, yes; although it was off the play completely, and as much as I personally did not like the hit at all, Chara's hit was considered a hockey play. While Cooke's flying elbow into McDonaugh's blindside was blatant, disgusting, and a manual of "What Not to do to Finish a Check".
There are things you can make up for; but endangering human life is not something that should be toyed with. Maybe now with all the free time you have to sit and reflect will change you. For now though Matt Cooke, save me the tears.