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Linesman Don Henderson Not Doing So Well After Hit From Dennis Wideman

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

More than three weeks after being rocked by a Dennis Wideman crosscheck, the Calgary Sun has learned linesman Don Henderson is still battling concussion symptoms that threaten to end his season.

As if there weren’t enough issues for the arbitrator to consider as part of Wideman’s suspension appeal, Henderson’s injuries sustained in the Jan. 27 collision with the Flames defenceman still have the 47-year-old official unable to start exercising at all.

“He still can’t do anything because he hasn’t gone two days symptom-free,” said a source familiar with Henderson’s back pain and concussion struggles since the collision that earned Wideman a 20-game suspension.

“I don’t think he’s coming back anytime soon, if at all.”

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Sooooo… how is the league going to spin that Henderson’s concussion > Wideman’s?  What a rabbit hole they’ve thrown themselves down…

Posted by Primis on 02/19/16 at 01:55 PM ET

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Sooooo… how is the league going to spin that Henderson’s concussion > Wideman’s?  What a rabbit hole they’ve thrown themselves down…

Easily, Wideman handed out that concussion… to make him an equal victim is a bit of a drastic stance to take..

Posted by neffernin on 02/19/16 at 02:49 PM ET

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Easily, Wideman handed out that concussion

Wait, so Wideman gave himself a concussion before hitting the ref?

to make him an equal victim is a bit of a drastic stance to take..

He’s a victim of the exact same type of injury as the ref was, I’d love for you to explain how is he not an equal victim.

If you’re driving a car and someone hits your car, then you lose control and hit another car, are you somehow less of a victim than the person you hit?

Posted by Garth on 02/19/16 at 02:54 PM ET

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So people actually think that a person can have a concussion, get up, skate perfectly fine, need no assistance to get up, skar towards an individual, lift his stick up in ??defense???, knock someone over and then sit perfectly fine, without any attempt to see if the person he knocked down is okay?

I didn’t know concussions turn you into an a**hole.

I’m not a concussion expert but in both of the times I had a concussion from HS sports, I never “lost” control of my respect for other human beings.

Regardless of whether he has prior incidents, it’s evident he was pissed about him getting hit into the boards and knocked down the ref intentionally.

Posted by retrospecd on 02/19/16 at 03:03 PM ET

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Wait, so Wideman gave himself a concussion before hitting the ref?

Yes Garth, that’s exactly what I was saying.  Astounding powers of deduction there.

If you’re driving a car and someone hits your car, then you lose control and hit another car, are you somehow less of a victim than the person you hit?

I can give a nonsense analogy as well:

Dad beats son till he’s bloody one day, son beats sister until she’s bloody the next.  Is the son in the right because his dad beats him?

Look, lets keep it simple.  Hockey is a contact sport.  Players in the game, especially those with the puck, are there with the full expectation that hits are coming.  They wear full hockey protection. 

Referees understand that contact is possible, but it is not a part of their role; in fact it is heavily discouraged (aka 10-20 game suspensions).

Wideman was a victim of a hockey hit that went wrong, then he was the attacker of the ref in a hit that doesn’t have a place in the game.

I’d even like to add that Wideman’s hit on Henderson was a fair bit worse, even if was player to player.  A cross-check from behind, into the boards, away from the play? 

Yes, Wideman might be the victim of the same injury… but hardly the same severity.  No, Wideman is not an equal victim, as he also committed the crime.

I understand that it is a grey situation… do you?

Posted by neffernin on 02/19/16 at 03:08 PM ET

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So people actually think that a person can have a concussion, get up, skate perfectly fine, need no assistance to get up, skate towards an individual, lift his stick up in ??defense???, knock someone over and then sit perfectly fine, without any attempt to see if the person he knocked down is okay?

Well, not everyone believes that,  retrospecd.

I don’t believe it & I’m fine with a 20gm suspension… I’d have been fine would something a little stronger.

Plenty of players and plenty of fans are fine with demonizing refs/linesmen but I’m not one of them. The reffing and the work of the linesmen in today’s NHL is the best it’s ever been in the NHL, & that standard of reffing/the-linesmen has vastly improved both when looking over the long term or merely comparing this current decade’s work to the previous decade.

However… regardless of whether you like the refs/linesmen (like me) or dislike the refs/linesmen (like most fans, I’d guess) we can all agree that refs/linesmen have to be safe while they work a game, even if some of the fan=base believes Wideman was blameless.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 02/19/16 at 04:59 PM ET

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