It’s that time of year, folks: the listicles are coming. We decided to take a different angle on it this year, given that “Top 10 goals of 2012!” really means “Top 10 goals from the second half of last season!” thanks to the stupid lockout, and that’s just weird. So, I thought we’d look at the best of the best work Backhand Shelf contributors provided this year.
We qualified best not as “most trafficked” (because who wants to see Paulina Gretzky posts re-hashed), but as the ones that generated the most conversation and interest, as noticed by the authors themselves (also important: posts they’re proud of). Without any further ado, I’ll get out of the way – here are the best posts from our wonderful contributors, who I’m very thankful to have.
From Jo, on why she chose this post: “It’s a horrible story, but it made me think (and is still making me think) about what I do, and medicine in the NHL in general.”
“Obviously there are plenty of excellent doctors in the NHL. Doctors who care about their players’ minds, bodies, and futures, who stand their ground and refuse to clear someone if they’re not ready, and who lose sleep wondering if they’ve made the right treatment choices. Those aren’t the doctors we hear about, and that’s fine. In medicine the old cliché holds true and no news is good news. The glaring issue is that if every team physician followed the NHL’s injury guidelines to the letter, the NHL would quickly find new doctors.
As much as I’d love to be an NHL doctor I don’t envy them. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be forced to choose between doing the right thing for the player and doing what that player (coaching, management, fans) want, which is to get them back on the ice. I pointed out that “… the medical culture of the NHL is broken” and I’ve been trying to figure out what the fix is since I wrote that in June. Nope, still no ideas.”
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