In this NHL, Brendan Shanahan got it right. I don’t like “this” NHL.
When Justin Abdelkader flew across the ice on Saturday night to tattoo Anaheim’s Tony Lydman, I jump out of my seat and cheered what I thought was a good hit. There was no penalty called by a referee standing 5 feet away and at full speed it looked like Abdelkader was on his skates when he contacted Lydman. Initially I thought this was just a great hit on a guy who had his head down.
Not so in 2013. There are many reason’s this hit is so big, the “hitee” was injured on the play, upon review Abdelkader left his feet and we are in the process of yet another pussification in sports.
The NHL, like the NFL, are concerned about hits to the head...Read More