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Bouchard’s Stick Swing Under Review

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has a hearing with the league today after his swinging highstick to the face of Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert late in the second period of Saturday’s game. News of the hearing was first reported by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos….

“It’s definitely an attempt to injure,” Arniel said. “Our whole bench saw it. Their whole bench saw it.

“We want to talk about getting hit from behind and shots to the head, but we allow a guy to stay in the game after taking a baseball swing at a guy’s face? That’s a joke.”


added 2:58pm, video of the stick swing can be seen below…

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bezukov's avatar

Can’t wait to see three or four whining pieces from Portzline and Arace on this one.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 10/09/11 at 02:03 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Added video of the incident to the blog.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/09/11 at 05:00 PM ET


From the final replay, it looks like both players were swinging the swords high.  One guy got cut.  It was barely a brush by PMB.  I don’t see how the CBJ’s can claim the moral high ground here.

Posted by Jerry on 10/09/11 at 05:51 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I’ll be honest here, it’s hard to feel sorry for Calvert.  He put his stick up to Bouchard, who then responded the same.  In the course, it looks like Calvert lifted Bouchard’s stick into his own face.

Will be interesting to see how it’s handled, because if Bouchard’s supposed to be responsible for his stick, Calvert’s supposed to be responsible for his as well isn’t he?  Id almost say if one gets disciplined, both should…

It’s also a nice reminder to guys like Calvert that raising your stick up and engaging a guy trying to act tough will sometimes come back to bite you in the aft.

Posted by Primis on 10/09/11 at 07:57 PM ET


Choosing Baby Swings

Posted by Villi from NY on 10/18/11 at 01:30 PM ET

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