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“We strongly disagree with the two-game suspension handed down by the NHL today to Joe Thornton.  What is most distressing is that we feel the suspension is not consistent to the recent reviews by the League following similar collisions resulting in players leaving the penalty box and establishing their place on the ice, including Willie Mitchell on Jonathan Toews.

“In Joe’s case, it was clearly not a predatory-type hit with an intent to injure, shown by the fact that the player returned to the ice for his next shift so it is clear that the contact to the head was minimal. We put a lot of time and effort into helping define the NHL’s new rule on headshots but we feel strongly that this suspension is not a reflection of the rule’s true intent.”

-San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson on the Joe Thornton suspension.

added 6:39pm,

“I didn’t actually see the hit until this morning. I didn’t intend to hurt or do anything bad to him. He kind of ran into me, to be honest with you. Last night and this morning I had about three dozen text messages from players around the league saying they can’t believe I even got a penalty.”

-Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.  More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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SYF's avatar

What is most distressing is that we feel the suspension is not consistent to the recent reviews by the League…

yES, iT wAS.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 11/05/10 at 08:34 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

BOO F@#!$@# HOO

What a load of crap.

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 11/05/10 at 08:55 PM ET

CMo44's avatar

Since when was the league ever consistent with its suspensions?

Posted by CMo44 on 11/05/10 at 08:58 PM ET

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In Joe’s case, it was   clearly not a predatory-type hit with an intent to injure, shown by the fact that the player returned to the ice for his next shift   so it is clear that the contact to the head was minimal.

What ridiculous comments.

Posted by NathanBC on 11/05/10 at 09:25 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

“In Joe’s case, it was clearly not a predatory-type hit with an intent to injure, shown by the fact that the player returned to the ice for his next shift so it is clear that the contact to the head was minimal.

Since when is the “attempt” in attempt to injure determined by how badly the other player was hurt?

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 11/05/10 at 09:28 PM ET

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“a lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact is not permitted,”  Rule 48 in the NHL’s official rulebook

Blindside or lateral side hit = Check
Head is targeted = Check

If you question the head shot, watch Joe’s follow through high to the head.

Not much question this is an illegal hit that is intended to be punished. The NHL got it right. The Shark’s use Willie Mitchell’s hit as an example of what has been allowed in the past. Well Hello the Willie Mitchell hit is one of the reasons we have this new rule. Blindside hit to the head. Case Closed!

Posted by timbits on 11/05/10 at 11:11 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Even Carcillos explanation was better than Thorntons.

Posted by TheFreak on 11/06/10 at 10:49 AM ET

CPSLOgoalie31's avatar

Does anyone know what a blindside hit is?  You are responsible for where your feet are taking you.  Look at Perron’s feet and hips - he is entering that ice and is responsible for making sure it is safe.  His feet lead him right to Joe Thornton.  That’s a clean hit.  This is hockey.  Keep your head up. The guy who passed it to him should be getting an earful.

Posted by CPSLOgoalie31 from San Luis Obispo, CA on 11/06/10 at 09:21 PM ET

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