During the offseason, some of the beat writers expressed concerns to the International Hockey League's commissioner, Paul Pickard, about the voting process for league-wide awards. Of particular issue was the inability to vote for players from the team you cover.
If I'm not professional enough to make an objective decision, why let me vote at all?
Well, the first round of ballots went out today and, of course, we cannot vote for teams we cover. Normally, I don't make a big deal out of it. It's the league's rules and if they want to run it that quizzically, that's their fault.
But this season, I have to bring up the stupidity of this. Fort Wayne is dominating almost every statistical category and is owning the standings. Yet I cannot give Guy Dupuis the nod for Defenseman of the Year? I can't vote for David Hukalo, Mathieu Curadeau or Colin Chaulk for Outstanding Defensive Forward?
So the IHL wants me to intentionally vote for people I don't think are deserving for various awards?
Some members of the media are talking about abstaining from voting for the awards because of this. I don't blame them at all. I will probably vote just because I fear they would give my ballot to someone less informed. But this thing is silly and I wish Pickard would have heeded the advice of the IHL media.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette