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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Mad Mike Milbury, if he gets the daily clips, will regard this column as more evidence of the “pansification” of hockey. Many veteran hockey writers will deplore a lack of support for the law-of-the-jungle ethos that informs their points of view.
Old Time Hockey clingers-on will advise me to go cover figure skating or ringette if I can’t see the team-building value of retribution for a hit on a star player.
But here’s the thing: how is hockey ever going to evolve past the point of being a concussion factory when coaches tacitly approve and teammates applaud a ruthless hit like the one the Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Hendricks laid on Florida Panthers’ great young defenceman Aaron Ekblad on Sunday night?
Never mind that the National Hockey League has suspended Hendricks for three games, as it should have. Never mind that Ekblad returned to the game even though the hit that drove him face first into the glass left him in a heap on the ice, then on Bambi-legs as he tried to get back to his feet — one more in the endless string of incidents that make reasonable people roll their eyes at the NHL’s “strict” concussion protocol.
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
In the third period of the Edmonton Oilers-Florida Panthers game, Matt Hendricks caught Panthers d-man Aaron Ekblad with a hellacious hit behind the Florida net.
Should Hendricks be suspended?
My take? Dangerous hit from behind into the boards, but no direct contact with head. I see him getting 1 or 2 games.
Ekblad did sit out for about ten minutes, then returned.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
When Matt Hendricks received the invitation to take part in the USO Holiday Tour he was honored and, honestly, a little surprised. He knew that popular musicians, actors and actresses – people much more recognizable than himself – often visited the troops.
“I didn’t know how much of a difference I could make, just being a hockey player that’s not a superstar, that’s just your average Joe in the league,” Hendricks said in a phone interview. “But being there, being able to meet our servicemen and women and hear their stories, they showed so much appreciation and thanks to me. It made me think, ‘Man this is crazy. These troops are thanking me when I just want to thank them.’ ”
The Capitals forward returned to the United States on Tuesday after the week-long trip that included stops in Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, the Bagram and Kandahar airfields in Afghanistan and two more in Stuttgart and the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center both in Germany.
He’s flown in Blackhawk helicopters, experienced landing on and taking off from an aircraft carrier – landing requires planes to go from 160 mph to a complete stop in four seconds – and fielded questions from hockey fans about when the NHL would return.
David Hale on Matt Hendricks tonight. Got sit, high sticking call.
Come on out, we missed the call.
Sens beat the Caps, 2-0.
No penalty for the hit
. Sutton did get two minutes.