God I hate it when hockey fans and commentators (even players) use the world "class". I love hockey but it has got to be the sport with the least amount of "class". Just look at a bench and you'll see all of them including the coach spitting, blowing their noses onto the ground... if you ever sit behind a bench, you will hear the most foul shit on the face of the earth being said. In the post game interviews, hockey players, and coaches, must be among the dumbest in all of sport. They can talk for 3 minutes and not say anything. It's all the same generic hockey gibberish. I've seen football players and basketball players, not even the brightest ones, give fans some strategic insight into the game that you would never, ever hear in hockey. All they talk about is hustling and working hard. It is so boring to listen to and it's gotten to the point where I mute it unless an actual analyst is talking.
This is a sport where it's perfectly acceptable to clock someone in the face. It's a sport where the dirtiest hits imagineable, like the one from Grier a while ago, is basically allowed. It's a game where mediocre athletes are put onto the ice for the sake of intimidating the ones who can actually play. There is no other sport where these things are allowed. It is an absolute gladiatoral event, and class very rarely features in any of this. Almost all of them have horrible manners. For the hockey world to suddenly get mad at Avery is just ridiculous.