Crosby, Johnson Deeper Meaning

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

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High Sticking: How to Consider Intent

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

McDavid, Miller Incidents Show NHL Head Contact Mindset

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

Tough Talk: Have you Ever Watched a Hockey Game Just For a Fight?

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?

Why the Wood Hit on Benn is Dangerous

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

Sam Bennett Guilty of…What?

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?

Rinaldo Hit on Zibanijed Draws Emotional Response

If someone asked me to make a list of my top 800 favorite current hockey players, there’s not a dimension in the Universe with a version me who’s putting Nashville Predator Zac Rinaldo on that list. In fact, if someone asked anyone who didn’t know Rinaldo still played hockey to raise their hand, my arm … Continue reading Rinaldo Hit on Zibanijed Draws Emotional Response

McIsaac Suspended One Game at World Juniors

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has suspended Truro’s Jared McIsaac of Team Canada one game for his hit to the head of Czech Republic player Jachym Kondelik(read my review of the hit here). McIsaac will miss Canada’s final preliminary game against Russia on New Year’s Eve but will be able to return for the … Continue reading McIsaac Suspended One Game at World Juniors

Karlsson Hearing Shows Why NHL has Failed in Effort to Prevent Brain Injuries

The case laid out against San Jose Shark Erik Karlsson is exhibit A for why the NHL’s head contact rules are set up to fail. Karlsson will have a hearing for what the Department of Player Safety is calling a check to the head of Los Angeles King Austin Wagner. https://twitter.com/habscorner/status/1076659076363415553?s=21 I think it’s pretty … Continue reading Karlsson Hearing Shows Why NHL has Failed in Effort to Prevent Brain Injuries

Johansen Gets Away with Blatant Boarding

Predators forward Ryan Johansen tracked Flyers alternate captain Sean Couturier behind the Nashville net, pushed him hard between the shoulder blades and straight up launched him head first into the boards. There was no penalty on this play. There’s an official just a few feet away, staring directly at it, and he even makes what … Continue reading Johansen Gets Away with Blatant Boarding