My Thoughts on Shootouts that Decide Hockey Championships

I have a serious issue with hockey championships being decided by a shootout. Last night, most of us watched a thrilling gold medal game decided by a shootout. Yes, we lost to the USA in that shootout and ended up with the silver medal. Here's why that sucks.

When you lose in a shootout, it doesn't feel as bad. Had the US scored in OT, it would have felt like we lost the hockey game. This just feels like we lost a skills competition.

But, when you win in a shootout, it doesn't feel as good. It just doesn't. You want it to feel like it felt when Crosby scored against the US in 2010. Winning in a shootout means you won, but not in the fair way you wanted to win. It takes a lot of the shine off.

So if this method of deciding a championship dulls the edges, making the lows feel less low and the highs feel less high, it's taken the best part of sports out of the mix. As a lifelong fan of sports, that sucks.


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Rick C in Oakville

Very well said, just like soccer finals!

January 6, 2017 @ 5:54 PM

John M.

Play until someone scores.

If you don't like that SCORE MORE GOALS in regular time.

January 6, 2017 @ 5:56 PM

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@John M.

Thanks again for talking Bob Elliott into visiting. He was amazing.

January 6, 2017 @ 5:59 PM

Blind Dave

Maybe baseball can have a homerun derby instead of extra innings. That would have gone over quite well in the last World Series.

January 6, 2017 @ 8:25 PM

The Voice of Reason

@Mike

The sting as a fan may not hurt as much. Every interview that a team Canada player had on TSN was with a player in tears. Hockey should never end in a shootout period.
Soccer has a history of shootouts however, it is part of the game. In soccer one could argue that it enhances the game. Notone of us would even know who Brandi Chastain is or was if she did not score for the US in the 1999 women's world cup. That goal grew women's soccer.

January 7, 2017 @ 6:56 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

All the teams knew the rules going into the tournament. There was always the possibility of a shoot-out in any of the final games.
Players know it, coaches know it, the fans know it and the organizers know it.
So to come out afterwards and complain because your team didn't win is a tad disingenuous.
Yes it sucks that they lost but it's rarely an issue for the winning team.
And yes it's a crappy way to conclude an exciting tournament.
But you have to suck it up, take the lesson that the loss offers to heart and emphasis the importance of winning games in regulation for next years round.

Trousershrapnel out.......

January 7, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Glasgow Megasnake

Oh please dry your eyes, Mike. You get involved with sports because they can have you cream your shorts or break your heart at any given time. Whining about penalty shots is utterly pathetic. Canada had more than enough chances to win, couldn't score a single penalty shot and blew their lead. They lost to the better team. The Canadian boys were given eighty minutes to win and they choked. That's the truth, but you go ahead and whine about a shootout.

January 7, 2017 @ 10:24 PM

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