SEATTLE – The cultural shift in hockey – and indeed in all workplaces – is a good thing, according to Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. Times change, of course. What was accepted is now being questioned. What used to be the standard work process is now subject to review and constant re-evaluation.
“I’ve been in this league for 17 years now,” Getzlaf said late Tuesday, just hours after the Ducks announced they had put longtime general manager Bob Murray on administrative vacation amid an outside law firm’s allegations of professional misconduct Associate with the abuse of the office investigates employees.
“The way we do everything changed from the first day of training camp to the end of the season until (hanging) the Stanley Cup banner,” Getzlaf continued on a video call. “The game changes every year. The culture has changed. The way it is played. The way it is rated.
“What is expected of you on the rink has changed, and they are all good things. I can’t really understand whether it has changed fast enough because mistakes still happen. But we’re doing our best to get some of this stuff under control to get things right. ”
Getzlaf declined to go into details, referring to the ongoing investigation into Murray’s behavior. Murray, 66, hailed from the old school version of hockey, a former Chicago Blackhawks defender who played in a bygone era. Allegedly, limits have been exceeded that did not exist a few years ago.
It is sure to be a generation change.
The exam was reinforced following an independent investigation into sexual abuse allegations against a former Blackhawks video coach that resulted in the resignation of General Manager Stan Bowman and Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville, who was Chicago coach at the time of the abuse.
“It’s not just hockey,” said Getzlaf, addressing the need to question things as they used to be. “It’s the sports world in general. The culture has been around for a long time and the world in general. Things that happened 20 years ago are simply no longer acceptable today, and that’s a good thing.
“The world is developing. I think it’s important that we protect people and protect each other, and the sports world is no different. We make mistakes, but we also learn from things and hopefully the whole sports world can come together and nail this thing down to be better people in the end. ”
Ducks coach Dallas Eakins agreed that change is good.
That is, as long as it is for the better.
“I think a lot of things are changing,” said Eakins. “I think there are people who reevaluate the way you do things. I think there is a lot of pressure and I think there is a lot of pressure to reevaluate everything. I don’t care what industry you’re in, but reassess the practices.
“You’ve heard me say that before, but I always think of Lou Holtz and he had a rule. It was two words: “Do the right thing.” I think across all professional sports, entertainment industries to corporations, corporations, everyone is re-evaluating how they do their business. I don’t see how anything other than good can emerge from this. ”
Eakins was referring to the former college football coach.
When asked if Getzlaf or any of his teammates were comfortable reporting abusive behavior, verbal abuse or other workplace concerns, the longtime captain said, “I think our organization did a good job of making people available. I’ve been here for 17 years and I’m pretty comfortable walking around this building. There are areas where we need to get better. We are making progress. We’re not perfect, as a sport, as a league, as an owner. We’re just trying to do the right things to move things forward. ”