Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Shots to the head and who's to blame?

The NCAA is going to meet via conference call to clarify shots to the head in hockey, according to the Grand Forks Herald. The WCHA suspended St. Cloud State's Aaron Marvin for Saturday's game after hitting North Dakota's Chay Genoway from behind on Friday. Genoway is out indefinitely. Marvin spoke about the hit on Monday.

Earlier this season, Wisconsin suspended Craig Smith for an extra game (he also received a DQ, which includes a one-game suspension) after his high hit from behind on Minnesota State's Geoff Irwin, which caused Irwin to miss two games. Also Minnesota freshman defenseman Nick Leddy had his jaw broken and is out six weeks after getting hit high with the shoulder of Alaska-Anchorage's Jade Portwood. Although no penalty was called on the play, Gophers coach Don Lucia called the hit illegal and asked the WCHA to suspend Portwood. The league did not.

Between this story and so much discussion about concussions in sports recently, I wouldn't be surprised now to see more suspensions if the hits don't start coming down soon.

1 comment:

Nation said...

In my opinion that was a dirty hit by Marvin. The puck was gone and there was no reason for it. Plus he basically crosschecked him in the back of the head. There needs to be a hefty suspension dished out for that hit. That hit is the worst hit from behind I've seen this season.