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Video- Max Domi Suspended For The Remaining Preseason Games

NEW YORK (Sept. 20, 2018) – Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason for roughing Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad during NHL Preseason Game No. 29 in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safetyannounced today.

The incident occurred at 0:56 of the third period. Domi was assessed a match penalty as well as a minor penalty for roughing.

The explanation.

 

 

 

 

Below, two former NHL players with their opinion.

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The preseason?

Well, that’ll learn him!

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/20/18 at 02:54 PM ET

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Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Had Player Safety wanted to give Domi a regular season game or two, it would have needed to be an in-person hearing, FYI. The CBA for whatever reason doesn’t differentiate on pre-season games or reg season games for purpose of the phone/in-person hearing threshold of 5 games.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/20/18 at 03:15 PM ET

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Did anyone really think that Montreal Canadians were gonna have their #1 center suspended for any regular season games…???? sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/20/18 at 03:19 PM ET

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Did anyone really think that Montreal Canadians were gonna have their #1 center suspended for any regular season games…???? sick

Posted by Down River Dan

no I did not.

the question on my mind is, will this count against his ‘history’ so that the next time this happens, will he have two infractions?

i would think it would, but it did happen during a preseason game.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 09/20/18 at 04:49 PM ET

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If Ekblad had retaliated with a cross check to Domi’s face and breaking his jaw….would Ekblad have been suspended for any regular season games…??  confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/20/18 at 05:12 PM ET

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Domi sucker punched Ekblad trying to get him to fight, so Domi decided to hit him anyway and knocked him down.

Panthers will catch Domi at some point and make him take on a real fighter.

Maybe he can work with the older thug doing ComCast commercials??

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/20/18 at 05:25 PM ET

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i would think it would, but it did happen during a preseason game.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 09/20/18 at 05:49 PM ET

I believe that it counts as far as “history of supplemental discipline” goes. At least, I’ve never read any language that indicates otherwise, including the general blurb on the DOPS webpage. But it’s the NHL so who really knows

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 09/20/18 at 06:24 PM ET

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Very briefly thought DoPS might do something
- a top defenseman who is a non-fighter more or less
(Glendening outmatched him and I’m not sure if Ekblad has fought
other than that). Ekblad has a serious concussion history. The league is in the midst
of a concussion lawsuit. Head injuries are a near-crisis in the game (near only
because the league is still in denial, and I hope not just cynically, for legal -
$$$ - purposes. Ekblad doesn’t do much to provoke Domi. And continually makes it
clear he has no interest in fighting. The game is 5-2 - that not anything Ekblad did seems
to the main reason. Domi throws a series of gloved punches with Ekblad trying to avoid them. And then the bareknuckle suckerpunch.

As soon as PK clarified it was by phone, the result was clear. No real punishment at all.

A precedent for next time? Maybe. But the league is sooooo absurdly narrow in how they apply their precedents it’s a pretty big joke. Why not say: Domi had zero reason to do this, it was an egregiously dangerous, unsportsmanlike play late in a lopsided game. And a legit player who had no desire to fight was sucker-punched. But all of my criteria are wrong.

Domi is the son of a famous alum. Montreal. No specific repeat offense. Preseason, so sucker punches count 1/3 as much or something. Calude Julien says “these things happen in hockey games”.

So again, as stupid and backwards as this stuff has gotten, we are left with waiting until a tougher player corners Domi and feeds him a few. Loved how the Canadiens immediately gathered around Domi to make sure he wouldn’t suffer so much as a face-wash. Profile in courage. Honestly, if I were on his team I would have asked “WTF do you think you’re doing you—-king idiot?!” Loyalty is cool and all. But when it comes to something so senseless and dangerous and disrespectful to a fellow player?

The DoPS is still pretty much a complete joke. They do not care. They will not learn.
And the NHLPA for their part ought to stop worrying about whether a suspension is tough and start worrying more about the safety of their own players. Who stands up for Ekblad in this situation? Neither the league nor his own union. Media types and fellow players blame it on him.

It makes the game harder to enjoy, harder to respect.

Posted by Lefty30 on 09/20/18 at 08:16 PM ET

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I want to think someone from fla will give it to domi next time they play, and I would like to see that, but the NHL is getting away from that. Teams are stacked with skill players, and they don’t have a couple goons willing to fight fit the team.

The thing that bothers me now is, the skill players do this crap. Like Domi. It used to be more just the goons but now you hardly know who will try to hurt you. (exception :domi is a jerk and would probably hurt someone no matter what).

Posted by TreKronor on 09/21/18 at 08:34 AM ET

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And the NHLPA for their part ought to stop worrying about whether a suspension is tough and start worrying more about the safety of their own players. Who stands up for Ekblad in this situation? Neither the league nor his own union.

This is the same thing I keep wondering. When is the NHLPA going to stand up and protect its own members against unnecessary hits or all kinds. They are quick to run to the defense of those penalized but rarely, if ever, come to the defense of the player targeted. You think it would be the opposite. I understand that the player penalized deserves some representation but it has gotten ridiculous. A player’s career and post hockey life are on the line out there. You’d think they’d be a lot more vocal about getting cheap shots out of the game.

Posted by evileye on 09/21/18 at 09:54 AM ET

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So the league REWARDED Domi…. great.

Posted by Primis on 09/21/18 at 06:13 PM ET

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