Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/03/07 at 03:52 PM ET
The NHL has come down on the Ducks’ Chris Pronger for the second time in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The league has suspended Pronger for one game for a shot to the head Ottawa Senators’ Dean McAmmond during Game 3 on Saturday.
Pronger had a hearing with the NHL’s director of hockey operations Colin Campbell on Sunday.
“A variety of factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “Mr. Pronger used his forearm to deliver a forceful hit to the head of his opponent. Also, his actions caused injury to his opponent.”
added 2:58pm, The Ottawa Senators P.R. department put together some quotes from those involved on the Sens side…
Reaction from Dean McAmmond - Ottawa Senators player:
“I think it should have been a suspension because it was a blow to the head. It wasn’t incidental. It’s not like that couldn’t have been avoided.”
On how Dean is feeling: “I’m feeling pretty much the same as I was yesterday—a little bit ‘headachy’, not feeling quite right. I’m going to do everything I can, or as little as a I can, to feel good tomorrow. I want to play but at this point in time, I’m not sure right now.”
Reaction from Bryan Murray - Ottawa Senators head coach:
“I think the history of Chris Pronger comes into to help play a little bit. There was a very obvious elbow to the head. And we’ve adamantly gone after the fact that hits to the head cause damage and should be penalized severely. And in this case they (NHL) did it.”
Reaction from John Muckler - Ottawa Senators general manager:
“It’s no doubt that he did this on purpose. Unfortunately, we have a player that is injured and has a concussion. And it’s doubtful whether he’ll be able to play on Monday. Hopefully he will. We just have to move forward.”
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