It was interesting how the bench incident in the Canada-U.S. game on New Year's Eve just sort of disappeared.
Canada, knowing Chris DiDomenico was taunting the U.S. bench after a goal just as Jimmy Hayes had done the same to the Canadian bench earlier, certainly didn't want any investigation, one that might have got Stefan Della Rovere suspended for his actions.
The U.S. meanwhile, didn't want tournament officials trying to figure out with American player on the bench stuck his stick in DiDomenico's face. That player might also have been suspended.
So both countries chose silence, and the tournament directorate just let it vanish. Fair enough, I suppose. Rick Nash was once able to hook a referee with his stick in an IIHF tournament and get away with it.
But here's one issue worth exploring. Where in the world did this dopey tradition of a parade to the bench for high fives all around after every goal begin?
It's childish. Watching NHL players do it like they were peewee players is laughable. What ever happened to the great tradition of the game in which a goal was scored, there would be a celebration near the net, and then they'd just line up and drop the puck again?
Having teams skate right in front of the opponents bench after a goal is simply taunting on a team-wide scale. Moreover, in a heated game, you're just asking for trouble. Basically, you're allowing teams to celebrate twice - once in a little hug session, once with a fly-by for high fives at their bench.
It's the dumbest tradition in hockey, and hockey doesn't need this stupidity. Bobby Orr never did it. The great Oiler teams of the 1980s never it. Where it came from isn't clear, but I wish it would disappear as fast as it came.