Cringe-worthy hit leads to indefinite suspension

We knew it was coming. We knew during the NHL playoffs that somebody would lose his head and try to hurt another player.

That player is Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes. He left his feet to check Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks and the resulting thud and fall to the ice is hard to watch.

Hossa had to be taken off on a stretcher.

Torres has done this before. Therefore, he should be gone for the rest of the playoffs and possibly into next season.

He also injured Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook last year on his very first game back after a suspension for a cheap hit on Edmonton rookie Jason Eberle.

This guy hasn’t learned.

And so it brings me to my position I’ve stated on this blog before: Get body contact out of the sport.

The league has promised to crack down on hits to the head. Ya, Ya, Ya.

Ain’t working.

How many players have to be injured seriously before the league realizes the inevitable?

It almost lost its star player Crosby for good.

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson got an elbow to the head from Rangers’ Carl Hagelin this week and now the captain is out with a concussion.

Daniel Sedin is just getting back to help Vancouver in the postseason after missing more than 10 games due to a concussion. In that case it was the Blackhawks dishing out. Duncan Keith applied the hit to the head on Sedin.

The list goes on and on and on.


3 thoughts on “Cringe-worthy hit leads to indefinite suspension

  1. Yes, one wonders at what tragic tipping point does anyhing eventually change.

    But, is there something more special about changing the mindset of well-compensated (some say rich) professional sports players, and that whole industry…and the amateurs that ape them, than trying to institute other societal changes that would equally prevent so many other unecessarily destructive and unsafe situations.

    “The list goes on”…in my mind. There are many instances that I think have more far-reaching effect and reasons to be concerned, that affect far more people than hockey (football, rugby, boxing e.t.c. rough-housing), such as: school kids breathing diesel from school bus exhaust; no seatbelts in school buses; not enough MRI machines and medical second-opinions; not enough leg-room in airplanes; not enough “advance-green” traffic intersections (studies show decrease in accidents) …”on and on and on.”

  2. We can influence these activities in the marketplace by boycotting, ignoring and not supporting or promoting, that which is objectionable. Make alternative choices, and concentrate on directing our collective time, money and attention elsewhere.

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