Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 06/23/13 at 11:59 AM ET
Boy howdy. The NHL did not suspend Boston Bruins Johnny Boychuk for his hit to Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews,' erm...Upper back...and the Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom subsequently blew a gasket:
The NHL had a chance to send a message about the unacceptability of head-hunting hits such as the one Boston’s Johnny Boychuk delivered to Jonathan Toews in the second period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, and in fact the league did send a message:
Big red noses all around for the laughably named Dept. of Player Safety Blah Blah Blah What A Crock. Call it the Dept. of Sidestepping Responsibility after the NHL refused to discipline Boychuk for the kind of dirty hit the league claims it wants to clean out.
Geez, the league wouldn't even hold a hearing. Boychuk targeted Toews’ head. Boychuk delivered a strike. Connect the dots, people.
Boychuk nearly decapitated Toews with fists and forearms to the side of Toews’ head. That’s the way trainers instruct boxers to deliver knockout punches.
No problem, said the NHL. No penalty, said the incompetent referees. No punishment, said Gary Bettman’s clown college.
I can’t believe league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan thinks Boychuk’s hit was a hockey play. Close up shop if he does. Boychuk’s hit was a gangland-style act worthy of a suspension.
Here’s what I can believe, though: The NHL choked.
Oh, he continues, does he ever continue...
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