Ho hum...Another Day, Another Deliberate Blow To The Head In The NHL
What will it take for the NHL to do something to get blows to the head out of the game? Will it take a death? Will it take someone getting paralyzed? Will losing a name star like Sydney Crosby for any amount of time spur the league into action? Will it require the player's union to actually pull their head out of their own butts and realize they're risking their own livelihood by not speaking up?
If you didn't see it, just a week after one of the more talked about hockey games in years, the NHL reverted its' more standard format on Sunday when Pen's forward Matt Cooke took out Bruin Marc Savard with a blindside shoulder to the head. The hit left Savard unconscious and he left the ice on a stretcher after ten minutes. Though he wasn't penalized, Cooke will likely face a suspension.
Yes, I'm upset that one of my favorite players went down, but I'm even more upset at the NHL for allowing this to continue happening. I understand physical contact is part of the game and that's an element that I love about hockey. But shots to the head are not part of the game and deliberate attempts to injure should be legislated out of the game entirely.
Let me also add that, traditionally in hockey, these things could be settled on the ice. But, sooner or later, an "eye for an eye" on the ice won't be sufficient when someone has been killed, paralyzed, or had his career ended.
Savard suffered a concussion and will likely be OK, but who knows how long he'll be out. His absence is especially crucial for the B's, who need all the offense they can get and are fighting for a playoff berth. My guess is, as a repeat offender, Cooke could get up to a ten game suspension. And that's nothing compared what might have befallen Marc Savard. The punishment will likely fit the crime this time. But what about next time a player is deliberately injured by an opponent with a blow to the head?