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Video- Tomas Kubalik Boarding Hit On Bobby Ryan

Kubalik received 2 for boarding.

As I mentioned a few days ago, we are seeing more and more of these types of hits and for the life of me, I can’t understand why the player makes that push?

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Nate A's avatar

Time to put big red stop signs on the back of all jerseys.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/09/12 at 12:38 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

What was the score when it happened? 6-3. For a team unable to make the playoffs from week one of the season, with a recent twinkle of hope. Desperation hockey. When you take young kids and put them in the NHL and don’t properly place them in responsible organizations that allow them to properly mature…not just as hockey players, but also as MEN/human beings this is what happens.

Just positing as I too am baffled by these hits. I think these kids react before they act. Caught up in the emotion of the moment. Overwhelmed by the opportunity to be the ‘hero’ like they may have been at one time in juniors. They are at PEAK adrenaline. They are at PEAK testosterone. They are at PEAK instinct. And, dare I suggest that many of them grew up in homes and environments where ‘whatever it takes’ is injected into them from day one by hockey parents looking for at least ONE kid in their family making something out of their lives. Heck, in America we have an entire generation coming up who thinks the world owes them and rampant narcicism is not only accepted but EXPECTED.

Players who do this are trying to make an impact, but aren’t mature enough to process that mental request at NHL speeds. They are boys in mans’ bodies. Blame the organization for not properly handling their development.

This does not excuse Kubalik, but if this issue is systemic than it is clear where the greater responsibility lies.

I too HATE these hits.

Posted by The Hurricane on 01/09/12 at 02:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Truthfully?  It’s poor coaching/teaching at the lower levels.  They shouldn’t NEED to be taught this kind of thing once they hit the NHL level… it should have already been pounded into them.

Posted by Primis on 01/09/12 at 05:09 PM ET

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