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The NCAA Is Serious About Hockey Headshots

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Because college hockey actually takes the issue of headshots seriously, University of Massachusetts freshman Bobby Trivigno will be suspended for the biggest game of his life. It’s an enormous price to pay for a hit that wasn’t even penalized at the time, but if you want to send a message of zero-tolerance for hits to the head, there’s no better way than making an offender sit out a championship game.

This is what happens when you have a governing body that actually considers blows to the head to be a serious issue. There is no grey area in college hockey when it comes to hits that affect grey matter. You make contact with an opponent’s head for any reason, you get a five-minute major and you’re kicked out of the game. It happened to three players Thursday night in the Frozen Four semifinal game between UMass and Denver, which UMass won 4-3 in overtime. The stakes don’t get much bigger than that.

And that’s where this situation takes a rather inopportune turn.


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Over two weeks after a totally gratuitous,blindside hit from behind to the head by serial cheapshot artist Andrew Shaw that was judged a 2 min interference penalty by officials on the ice, the recipient Adam McQuaid, is not even travelling to Tampa for the first two games of the playoff series.

Obvious interference high hit from behind to the head by a dirty player and the league has nothing to say about it.

So what does one do given the player cheapshotted, who is going to UFA at over 32, has been punished by missing the last few games of his team’s playoff run and likely the entire first round of the playoffs if not more, with not just the most important games but a contract and livelihood and health on the line?

Shaw received a grand total of a two minute minor. When everyone in hockey knows chepashots are a regular part of his game.

Attack Shaw and try to give him as severe a head injury as possible, too?

This league is grossly irresponsible and living in total denial. They’ll look horrible from a bit of historical distance. They already do.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/12/19 at 05:48 PM ET

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