The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety has taken yet another high risk in the early rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by allowing Brad Marchand to go undisciplined for his sucker punch to the back of Scott Harrington. After a whistle and skirmish in front of Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, the notorious Bruins … Continue reading Marchand Sucker Punch Could Have Been A Gift for NHL Player Safety
The Sidney Crosby scuffle with Tyler Johnson may seem like a minor and very standard confrontation in the grand scheme of an NHL game. To me, it reflects the deeper dangers of what’s accepted as “normal” in hockey. Players have proven time and again they could do literally anything at any time, and get away … Continue reading Crosby, Johnson Deeper Meaning
Ryan Johansen has been suspended two games for a high stick to the head of Mark Scheifele. I’m not going to get into the semantics of how many games he should or should not have been given. I rather think this is a great time for a discussion on intent. Intent is easy to infer … Continue reading High Sticking: How to Consider Intent
There were two flagrant events last night in the NHL that demonstrate where the both the League and the players sit in regard to Player Saftey and head contact in particular. The players don’t get it, or in a lot of cases probably don’t feel the League protects them enough to make it worth getting. … Continue reading McDavid, Miller Incidents Show NHL Head Contact Mindset
Sam Bennett was tried and convicted in the Court of public opinion for his questionable hit to Radim Simek just over a week ago. There’s an implication some people are looking ahead to February 7th (the date of the rematch between the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks) just to see what response, if any, … Continue reading Tough Talk: Have you Ever Watched a Hockey Game Just For a Fight?
Kenny Agostino of the Montreal Canadiens made his one shift against the Minnesota Wild a memorable one. He logged just 25 seconds of ice time and accumulated 20 minutes in penalties. Before taking part in a retaliatory fight instigated by the Wild’s Nick Seeler, Agostino was originally dinged for interference on this play against Eric … Continue reading Agostino Game Misconduct Deserved
Miles Wood should be hearing from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, but he likely won’t. In a January 2nd game between the New Jersey Devils and the Dallas Stars, Wood popped Dallas forward Jamie Benn with a hit that caused Benn’s head to snap violently forward and then quickly and just as violently backward. The … Continue reading Why the Wood Hit on Benn is Dangerous
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare of the Vegas Golden Knights was under scrutiny by fans for his check to Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford back on December 8th, 2018. Clifford suffered a concussion on the play and missed seven games before returning to action on December 27th. On the other hand, Bellemare didn’t receive a penalty for … Continue reading Head Contact: Punishment vs. Prevention
This, ladies and gentlemen, is my first big prediction of the season. It has to do with the playoff chances of none other than my favourite team, the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers head into Arizona tonight on a not so promising 6 game losing streak. In fact, they haven’t won a game since December 14th. … Continue reading Oilers Play Must-Win against Coyotes
Seriously? People are upset by this Sam Bennett check? https://twitter.com/jtarbett/status/1079965181482917889?s=21 This check keeps being referred to as late. If it was even late it was still very very very very close. Because it was so close, there’d have to be a real reason to see any supplemental discipline. There’s no upward motion. No elbow. No … Continue reading Sam Bennett Guilty of…What?