Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/22/09 at 04:48 PM ET
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
For all the words spent on the National Hockey League’s growing problem with concussions, Sheldon Souray figures you can get rid of 90 percent of them with two words:
“I do it — and guys have done it for me,” Souray said this week. “As a matter of fact it happened at the end of (Saturday’s Washington) game, against Ovechkin. I was going to hit him and said, ‘Head’s up!’ You know. ‘It’s comin’!’”
He’s fine with a hard hit, and like most NHLers, Souray says of Mike Richards’ hit on David Booth “there is an element of risk to this game.” Injurious mistakes — like Jarome Iginla’s inadvertent trip that cost Souray 16 games with a concussion — are never going to be eliminated from the game.
But it is time for the players to put an end to the needless, high hits that happen along the boards and in the corners, delivered by players who need to know better.
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