By Larry Morgenthal
Our survey results are in. The rules have definitely changed for the post-game handshake. Scroll down and see.
(This article was previously published and contains updated information)
The coronavirus has changed pretty much every aspect of the way we live, and hockey is certainly no exception. In pre-pandemic life, it was common for the germophobes among us to be derided for refusing to shake hands with your opponents after the game.
In the NHL, the handshake line came to be one of the game’s greatest traditions. It made it unique from other professional sports. At the conclusion of each playoff series, the players didn’t queue up in the handshake lines with their gloves on.
Especially in beer league hockey, shaking hands with members of the opposing team after the game was always the right thing to do—win or lose. Most of us get to be good friends with a lot of the guys we play against. You leave the game on the ice and you shouldn’t take it with you. Historically, it always had been assumed a “real” handshake was respectful. But in today’s world, a handshake runs the real risk of contracting or spreading a virus. Now that this latest pandemic has increased our awareness, this tradition is up in the air.
With the new normal facing our lives, we asked our readers what they think they will now do after the game. Should you continue to shake hands? Do you fist bump with your gloves off? Or do you keep your gloves on? The results are below.
Here are the survey results:
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