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The NHL and Natural Law

I have a problem with the NHL. It is now June, and the Stanley Cup Final has just begun. (In case you care, and you probably don’t, the L.A. Kings lead the series 1-0 over the New Jersey Devils.)

My problem with the NHL is religious in nature. The Catholic Church teaches that

The “divine and natural” law shows man the way to follow so as to practice the good and attain his end. The natural law states the first and essential precepts which govern the moral life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1955)

Natural law is present in the heart of each human being and established through the application of correct reasoning. As Cicero wrote,

For there is a true law: right reason. It is in conformity with nature, is diffused among all men, and is immutable and eternal; its orders summon duty, its prohibitions turn away from offense….To replace it with a contrary law is a sacrilege; failure to apply even one of its provisions is forbidden; no one can abrogate it entirely.

Here, then, is the source of my problem with the NHL: ice melts in June.

By extending the Stanley Cup Playoffs into the late spring and early summer, the NHL does not conform with nature. For if they did, the players would drown (or they would be playing a perverse form of water polo).

No wonder why nobody really cares about the NHL playoffs.


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