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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

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Would You Rather Have a Strong Penalty Kill Or a Potent Power Play?

https://twitter.com/saracivian/status/1072661359471529984?s=21 I never really thought about it until seeing this tweet from one of my favourite Twitter follows. This week’s Tough Talk question is: If you happened to have a team that was really good at one and really bad at the other, would you rather your team be ranked higher on the power play or … Continue reading Would You Rather Have a Strong Penalty Kill Or a Potent Power Play?

RESULTS: Should the NHL Change Its Power Play Rules?

On Monday I gave a few options for changes to the NHL’s power play rules. 42 of you participated in my Twitter poll and and overwhelming 88% of you said to leave everything as it is!   https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/1077169995552116736?s=21 To be honest, I’m actually in favour of all the changes and I’m surprised at these results. … Continue reading RESULTS: Should the NHL Change Its Power Play Rules?

McIsaac Head Contact: Avoidable or Not?

Canada’s Jared McIsaac was lucky to get away with clear head contact to Jachym Kondelik in Cananda’s 5-1 preliminary game win last night against the Czech Republic. https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/1079217521377660928?s=21 There was obvious exaggerated upward propulsion and significant direct head contact. The IIHF is well known for zero tolerance on any type of head contact, so it’s a … Continue reading McIsaac Head Contact: Avoidable or Not?

Should the NHL Change its Power Play Rules?

With the NHL’s never ending (and in my opinion, needless) quest to increase goal scoring, there’s been talk of altering the league’s power play rules. The most proposed change is switching back to the old way of having a power play for a minor penalty last the full two minutes whether a goal is scored … Continue reading Should the NHL Change its Power Play Rules?

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

Khaira Will Have Hearing for Cross Check

Edmonton Oilers workhouse Jujhar Khaira earned a hearing from the NHL’s Department of Player Saftey. The hearing comes on the heels of a brutal retaliatory cross check to the head of St. Louis Blues defenceman Vince Dunn. https://twitter.com/nhlplayersafety/status/1075458837992357888?s=21 There’s no doubt Khaira should be suspended for what he did. It was an awful reaction. It’s … Continue reading Khaira Will Have Hearing for Cross Check

Cole Should Face Discipline for Knee on Nelson

Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders was taken out of Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche after a knee on knee collision with Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole. https://twitter.com/twoturtleduffs/status/1074874984403750913?s=21 The NHL’s Department of Player Saftey should take a serious look at this incident. Nelson has already been blamed on social media for trying to sidestep … Continue reading Cole Should Face Discipline for Knee on Nelson

Wilson Suspended 20 Games

Notorious Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended for the fourth time in thirteen months. After an in person hearing Wednesday morning, The NHL’s Department of Player Safety finally acted forcefully, handing him a 20 game sentence. All four suspensions have been for violent hits that show no regard for the safety of his … Continue reading Wilson Suspended 20 Games