Check You Head

For the hockey community and proponents of physical hockey, the 2009-2010 season has been a tough one. First we start with the Liambias hit on Ben Fanelli, a hit which everyone agrees was dangerous, however, some argue that the year long (OHL career ending) suspension handed down to Liambas was too much, others thought it was just right .

 Then fast forward to Jan 14,2010 Zack Kassian‘s debute for the Windsor Spirfires following being traded from the Peteobrough Petes on Jan 10,2010. Zack Zassian a Buffalo Sabres prospect, selected 1st round, 13th overall, layed a rather ‘dirty’ hit on Matt Kennedy, where he clearly left his feet to lay the hit on the unsuspecting Matt Kennedy skating up-ice. Matt Kennedy is a Carolina Hurricanes prospect selected in the 5th round (131st overall). Currently Zack Kassian sits suspended indefinitely pending an investigation by the Ontario Hockey League’s commissioner David E. Branch.

On January 17,2010, Patrice Cormier who was Team Canada’s Captain in the recent World Juniors Tournament during the Christmas break, layed a dirty hit on Mikael Tam. Currently, Cormier sits suspended indefintly pending a review by the commissioner, as well the Quebec provincial police are investigate to determine whether charges will be layed. This is not the first elbow Cormier has delivered of this sort, at the World Juniors he layed one against Anton Rodin of Sweden in a  6-2 victory by Team Canada. Cormier is a prospect of the New Jersey Devils selected in the 2nd round, 54th overall in 2008.

These three incidents are leaving a lot of people wondering, when the leagues are going to ‘step up’. The WHL, OHL, and QMJHL all have penalties for checking to the head. The question is, are these penalties working? Based on these incidents many say, NO. Others are calling for the NHL to step up and introduce a checking to the head rule to protect the players. Whatever happens, these incidents leave a scar on the sport.


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3 Comments

  1. “These three incidents are leaving a lot of people wondering, when the leagues are going to ‘step up’.”

    NEVER! On one hand the hockey “leadership” holds ONE survey that states most of the head trauma is caused by incidental contact and not by fighting and not by hitting. So they do nothing. They take the attitude that there is nothing they can do. Meanwhile, 20 or so professional doctors have researched this and have found that hitting causes major brain damage. These are summarily dismissed!

    So if there is nothing that can be done to stop or greatly reduce head trauma in hockey, then isn’t it irresponible for parents to let their children play hockey?? They strap on those pad, plunk a bucket (helmet) on their loved ones heads and then give them a pat on the backside saying “Go on! GO GET YOURSELF SOME BRAIN DAMAGE!!!!!”

    Hockey has become too dangerous it seems.

  2. I think there is some truth to your statement that hockey has become too dangerous. The players are so big and strong now, but still playing on the same size rinks.

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