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Friday, March 09, 2007

Lessons Not Learnt

Seriously. This shit has got to stop.



If Chris Simon gets anything less than 10 games for his stick to the head of Ryan Hollweg, I'll be extremely disappointed.


[Update: 03/11/07, 10:20 AM]

The league has handed Chris Simon one of the stiffest suspensions in NHL history (TSN.ca):

New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended for the remainder of the 2006-07 regular season and the entirety of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Simon is suspended a minimum of 25 games, including Saturday night's game against Washington plus the 14 that remain in the 2006-07 regular season. If the Islanders do not qualify for the 2007 playoffs, or play fewer than 10 playoff games in the 2007 playoffs, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 regular season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.
I just hope now that they're serious about addressing the larger issue of head hits and taking it the heck out of the game.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:44 AM

3 Comments:

At March 09, 2007 11:09 AM, Blogger Temujin said...

The commentators kept saying the original hit was clean. Seemed to be from behind to me, and Simon's face got rammed into the glass. It was obviously a thoughtless retaliation, but it's too bad he couldn't have just slashed his leg or decked him with his fist. He had a right to be a little miffed, in my opinion

Simon's one of the tougher guys in the league and has a history of great fights and hard-nosed play. It's too bad this will probably be the lasting image of his career. But he certainly deserve to be suspended for the rest of this season, and I'd say at least 20 games next season.

 
At March 11, 2007 10:18 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

No kidding. He was a decent, well-respected player and certainly didn't have to resort to this stuff. Like Marty, however, this incident will probably overshadow his other accomplishments. It's too bad.

 
At March 11, 2007 3:42 PM, Anonymous GZ Expat said...

And...the rest of the sports world gets its first hockey highlites of the season. This is the view of the sport for the average American viewer...they see the highlite, but they never hear about the consequences. Just like any other news coverage of any other event. You see the bad...but never the outcome.

 

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