Check out the NHL attempting to proactively jump ahead of the curve. With the NFL dealing with a whole slew of issues lately, the most recent topic of interest is bullying in the locker room.
Renaud Lavoie of The Montreal Hockey Journal is reporting the NHL's managers will discuss the topic at Wednesday's general managers meeting. The decision to do so is to avoid any potential issues that are presently being alleged in the NFL, which is specifically involving Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins. According to reports, Martin was bullied by Incognito and the NFL has launched an investigation to determine what happened.
Lavoie reports the NHL isn't aware of any issues with bullying at this time. The decision to discuss the topic is to make sure it stays that way.
As Mike Halford at Pro Hockey Talk notes, NHL teams typically have a rookie dinner where the veterans are treated to a meal at the rookies' expense. These meals can get rather pricey and typically result in bills that share similarities with buying an automobile. While some might shrug off this tradition as commonplace, times are different and the lens we see the world through is no longer as rosy. Small issues can have big consequences, especially in the case of multi-billion dollar industries.
These types of precautions need to be addressed and it's wise of the NHL to have their bases covered moving into the future.
Oftentimes the NHL is viewed as an entity that drags its feet. Well, it should be noted that the league is slowly, but surely, catching up to the times and has actively addressed potential issues in advance of full blown problems ensuing. This is most notable when discussing hits to the head and prevention measures. The concept of fighting is still a hot-button topic, but one that is at least being discussed with some regularity (speaking of rosy colored perspectives...).
But in terms of bullying, good on the NHL for identifying an issue and bringing it to counsel. No reason to let sleeping dogs lie just because they're asleep. Even if those dogs don't presently exist.