one slug

It often happens that a player,
excited by the heat of play
will commit fouls
that he would never do if he was
cool and considerate.

Generally a short rest
in the timer’s box
will serve
to make him
see the folly
of his actions and
how much
he handicaps his team
by being there.

The game is completely
in the hands
of the referee,
and it is up to him
to stop
any rough play
at once,

one slug
invites another.

• from How To Play Ice Hockey (1912) by S. Trafford Hicks