Thought We Could Help Out the Player Safety Czar

Below is our suggestions for the NHL regarding the Raffi Torres hit from last night – BTW it was described by me as pure thuggery – regardless after some time thinking we have composed our thoughts in the format used by the league;

Option A

I am Brendan Shanahan of the National Hockey Leagues’ Player Safety.  Tuesday night in Chicago there was an incident that involved Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes and Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks.  This particular incident was not penalized at the time but after reviewing the film and interviews we have determined further discipline is warranted.

In the 1st period Raffi Torres hit Hossa in the open ice, but as you can CLEARLY see the puck was not in the vicinity of either player nor was it just immediately played by Hossa.  As Torres delivered the contact he left the ice and his principal point of contact was with his shoulder to the head of Hossa.

This is a clear violation of SO MANY rules; Rule 48 with states […] and Charging which states […] being the main concern.  Also very disturbing is the blatant lack of respect of a fellow player on the ice.

We understand this is playoff hockey but Continue reading

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Playoff Hockey: Anything Goes…

Photo courtesy of Sports Grind

So last night Shea Webber bounced Henrick Zetterberg’s head off the glass twice, the intent was obvious; Weber intended to repudiate the questionable check with some “on ice justice” with a hit to the head (you can see a .gif here).  With head contact such a high priority of the NHL and its Player Safety department, headed by Brendan Shanahan, many thought there would be penalties coming down for Weber.

Well, Weber was seemingly given a “slap on the wrist” – Continue reading

Fencing Response On Ice

As you followed us during the football season there were many times we referred to the Fencing Response, mainly after hits.  This response is a clear sign that the individual has suffered a concussion (at the least) and should be on top of your observable signs you should be looking for.  If you are new or don’t recall that term click on the link above.

Just as concussions can happen in any sport so can the Fencing Response, take the hit on Jakub Vorcek of the Philadelphia Flyers;

After seeing this last night I noticed that “Puck Daddy” had his take (also a better version of the video) on the hit; Continue reading