It started in Tampa Bay and has caught on with many NHL teams over the past few years.

“It’s a respect thing,” Chicago Blackhawks forward Adam Burish said.

But Stan Fishler disagrees.

NHL players are a superstitious group, always looking for ways to gain an advantage from some good luck. So, when the Lightning introduced the idea of an off-limits team carpet to be on display in the locker room, the idea caught on quickly.

The idea is that the logo is a representation of the team and, unlike other carpets, should be shown a sign of respect by not walking on it.

Anyone who steps foot on the logo is reprimanded and in some instances fined by the team.

That practice extends beyond the players, coaches, and support staff to “usually unknowing media types” as Fishler calls them.

And that is where he finds fault.

“Commissioner Gary Bettman should immediately put a stop to one of the most ridiculous off-ice practices, which is spreading across the NHL,” he wrote.

He added: “…hang the darn thing on the wall. And by the way, what about all the center-ice logos that players skate over endless times during a game? The commissioner should have the rug hung on the wall or the ceiling or – better still — have the silliness stopped once and for all.”

First of all, Fishler wrote that this practice is “spreading across the NHL,” yet he indicated that media types are “unknowing.”

If it’s a common practice that has been around for years, most media types should know about it, right?

If they don’t, maybe they shouldn’t be in the locker room to begin with.

Additionally, what Fishler is failing to understand is that those “usually unknowing media types” are privileged guests in the locker room. In other words, their presence is not a right.

As privileged guests, those media types are asked to follow rules set forth by the team. Don’t like them? Leave. No one is holding a gun to their heads.

It’s not a difficult concept.

Something tells me Mr. Fishler has found himself in a locker room, facing a “shouting down,” as he called it, or a fine that made his little cheeks blush.

Poor Stan.