Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/29/08 at 09:43 PM ET
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
The incident occurred late last season and though Nieminen was ejected from the game and later suspended, in old-school fashion, he wasn’t forced to answer for his crime within the arena.
In the press box, former Blues tough guy and current team radio analyst Kelly Chase scowled.
“When I played, I didn’t have to call (National Hockey League commissioner) Gary Bettman to find out what the punishment was for running a guy from behind in Detroit,” Chase said. “The punishment was (Bob) Probert and (Joe) Kocur.”
According to popular logic, the reason why this form of capital punishment is no longer delivered is the instigator rule. That’s Rule 56 (a) in the NHL rule book, if you are inclined to look it up.
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