[lg policy] Linguistic hygiene in the National Hockey League

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 12 15:53:27 UTC 2010


According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, last week the league came out with a
warning and policy memo regarding foul language being used in the

"Recently, we have had several instances of team personnel using
inappropriate and profane language in media interactions and, in
particular, in press conference settings. We appreciate the intensity
and passion with which you approach your jobs, however, what is said
publicly, and how it is said, reflects directly on the images of your
respective organizations, the National Hockey League, and the game of
hockey generally. In this context, profanity in public areas or where
likely to be overheard by members of the media and/or general public
is clearly inappropriate and unacceptable and, as previously advised
in a memorandum to Clubs dated April 28, 2006, will be deemed a
violation of the Media Regulations, NHL By-Law 17.4(a) (prohibiting
statements "prejudicial to the welfare of the League or the game of
hockey or of a Member Club"), and Article 6.3(j)(1) of the NHL
Constitution (prohibiting conduct "detrimental to the League or the
game of hockey"). Please be reminded that any such violations will
subject both the individuals involved and their Clubs to potential

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