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The hit by Jared Cowen on Jeff Skinner is illegal hit on two fronts. First Cowen left his feet to make the hit and should result in a charging penalty.

Secondly, through this "elevation" by the 6'5" Cowen, the head o fJeff Skinner, generously listed at 5'11," became the principle point of contact. Given the size differential, combined with the upward launch when Cowen's skates left the ice, it would be next to impossible for Skinner's head not to become the principle point of contact. Jeff Skinner became another concussion statistic for a bad hitting style that must be eliminated. 
It is no longer acceptable for any of us to justify hits of this type as being 'good hockey hits' when the head becomes the principle point of contact. The NFL will most likely agree!

-Kerry Fraser of TSN, where you can read more on the hit.

If you need to see the hit again or missed it earlier, you can watch it here.

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  Tags: jared+cowen, jeff+skinner

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Fraser needs to pull his head outta the cloud of hairspray its in. At the most, that hit is right on the edge of legal. If I were Skinner, I would have a talking to the Dman who sent the buddy pass.

Posted by lv2skor on 04/18/13 at 07:40 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

NFL might agree, but they have no say.. my guess is the NHL does nothing.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/13 at 08:12 PM ET

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This post isn’t about Jared Cowen, it’s about Steve Walkom.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 04/18/13 at 11:06 PM ET

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I don’t know about this charging business. Hit looked as legal as any 6’5 guy hitting a 5’10 guy can possibly be.

However, Fraser’s bang on about how things like this used to be taken care of back when guys weren’t sitting in a dark room throwing up due to PCS.

No “run a guy then go into the fetal position and beg for the refs to cover you when it’s time to answer the bell” (otherwise known as “Kronwalling”).

If you’re man enough to take out another team’s star player, legal hit or not, the referees trusted that you were man enough to survive an ass beating by Bob Probert, Tony Twist or the like. You don’t like the consequences, don’t throw the hit.

Under those unwritten rules, the era’s Jeff Skinners weren’t missing half a year with concussions.

Posted by larry on 04/19/13 at 02:11 AM ET

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