Why shake hands?
Posted By: Admin
Thursday, February 23, 2006
No matter if you win or lose itís a ritual and just as much a part of hockey as tying on the skates. You line up after the game and shake the hands of your opponents.
It seems a small number of players are not involving themselves in this practice. There is no rule mandating handshakes. However, in some games, and the competition is strong, you might say some things you don't mean. Shaking hands with the other team helps reduce any tensions that may have built up during the contest.
It shows each other respect and itís good sportsmanship. If you refuse to shake an opponents hand, you're not showing respect to the players, the League and the sport. Remember, they put as much time and effort in as you did and for that you must acknowledge them for it.
Shake the players hand and thank them for the game. You will build a strong and lasting fellowship among your teammates, your competitors, the League and hockey in general.