Anytime a discussion arises around enforces such as John Scott, Shawn Thornton or other infamous players known for throwing punches over scoring goals, a topic that quickly comes into play is the code. This code is an unwritten set of rules in which enforces and third line players live by when it comes to their play on the ice and fighting.
Basically the code revolves around a certain level of respect in which players live by. The problem is the code is unwritten and changes
depending on who you ask. But after every game, dirty play and questionable hit one has to wonder about this unwritten code in which players live by and whether or not that code still exists. After the Shawn Thornton incident it may be seriously time to write of the unwritten code. Yesterday there were quite a few posts around the interwebs talking about the code and how it may officially be dead; But we wanted to give you the readers a chance to voice your opinion about this infamous code.
What has led everyone to believe this code is dead? Well the final breaking point seems to be the Thornton cheap-shot from Saturday night when he went to town on Brooks Orpik because he refused to fight.
Shawn Thornton is an enforcer who believes firmly in the code and was quoted just a week earlier talking about said code and what it means to him;
“I take a lot of pride in that. I do. People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honourable, I suppose, in some instances. I’ve been a firm believer my whole life that what goes around comes around. If you’re one of those guys that suckers someone when they’re down or you go after somebody that doesn’t deserve it or isn’t the same category as you, that will come back and bite you at some point, too.”
When someone who is a strong supporter of the code itself breaks said code, you know there is an issue somewhere. But the point of today’s poll is not to debate the code, but instead debate whether this unwritten code has bitten the dust. Do you think there is still a code? The more hockey you watch this season the less you believe there is a code in which these players still live by.
Vote in the poll about whether the code is still alive or is buried 6 feet under.