Aces' Mele fined, but it's a super big secret how much

Posted by DOYLE WOODY, adn.com on December 21, 2013 

Alaska Aces winger Tommy Mele was fined the usual "undisclosed amount'' today for a major kneeing penalty he received in Friday's 5-1 win over Utah.

Huh? $5? $5,000? 5 cents?

You'll never know, because the ECHL never tells. Which makes the whole thing a crock to everyone, well, save Tommy Mele.

This is one of many ways hockey is stuck in the dark ages. Upper-body and lower-body is the description still used for injuries -- the old canard being that opponents will target injuries when a player returns to the lineup. Bull. Game's too fast, guys can't think that fast in the normal course of play. 

Hell, even the NFL definitely, by NHL standards, characterizes injuries with some precision. That game is fast too, and it has frequent stoppages, which presumably would allow an opponent to think, "Hey, Jimmy's in the game, let's go after his left knee.'' 

The ECHL, like all hockey leagues, wants you to come see their product and to shell out good money to do it. But it is rarely transparent, or even remotely so.

And "undisclosed amount'' is a cop-out, and seems like it's from 1968.

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service