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Nichol Discusses The Suspension And Hit

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

I just got off the phone with Scott Nichol. And while the keyboard is crying out for mercy, I’m pounding away once again.

Nichol said he was caught off guard by the fact he was suspended for that many games. Four games for a play that the ref was looking at and chose not to penalize? Didn’t see it coming.

“The ref was directly across from the hit. I hit him (Schlemko), we got up and we both skated to the bench,” Nichol said. “There was no call and I didn’t think anything of it until I talked to Doug.”

It was Doug Wilson who let Nichol know there would be a hearing…

As far as the play, Nichol has reviewed the video, just like everybody else involved, and acknowledges that his gloved hand — but not his elbow — made contact with Coyote defenseman David Schlemko’s head. Despite the initial coverage of the suspension, which referred to an “elbow to the head,” the official NHL release calls it a “blow to the head,” so that discrepancy doesn’t appear to be much of an issue at this point.

For anyone who thinks four games is too long for that hit, it may be tempting to say it was a reputation call because Nichol had been suspended five times previously.

more and watch the hit in question…

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redxblack's avatar

The NHL is too inconsistent to have this rule. They should have players get rid of helmets. It will slow the game and people will be more careful with the fear of hurting someone seriously. Either that, or put pressure sensors in the helmet with flashing lights. If an opponent triggers the other team’s helmet sensors, call it. Both of these are BAD suggestions, but they’re far more consistent than the wheel of discipline spinning in Toronto.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/19/11 at 12:24 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Nichol’s a piece of crap. He launched at Schlemko with both arms extended and aimed directly at his head.
I don’t care if only his glove struck his face, it’s still a dangerous play and could have been much worse.

This guy has a reputation for head-hunting so to me 4-games wasn’t nearly enough.
It’s time the NHL threw the book at these repeat offenders such as Nichols and Kostopolouos. That’s the only way you get them to stop acting like a’holes.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/19/11 at 01:02 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Can I add that these idiots never think they do anything wrong? I’ve known guys that play hockey like it’s WW3 and they always look perplexed when the ref calls them for spearing. Meanwhile, the guy they speared is in the hospital because a Sherwood is jutting out of his spleen.

In Nichol’s mind, he’s probably the cleanest player on earth.

This might be off topic, but since the lockout the game seems to have taken a far more violent tone. There are so many more dangerous hits being thrown around now.
And it’s mostly done by 4th line scrubs like Nichols.

I’d love to see what the percentage of European players is to North Americans pre and post lockout.
With the salary cap, it seems most GM’s want to fill their lower positions with N.A’s.
So it might be no surprise why we’re seeing more meatheads in the league now.
Outside of Jarku Ruutu there aren’t too many Europeans that pull crap like Nichols, Kostopolous, Armstrong, etc.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/19/11 at 01:13 PM ET


Can I add that these idiots never think they do anything wrong?
Nichol had been suspended five times previously.

I’m sure this is the sixth time he’s been surprised that he got suspended.

Posted by Garth on 01/19/11 at 02:00 PM ET

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