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Video- Andrew Cogliano On His Suspension

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Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano comes to tears when discussing how his 830-game ironman streak will come to an end, as he'll miss his first ever NHL game due to suspension.

 

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This transcript of Andrew Cogliano was supplied by the Ducks PR department.

On his hit against Adrian Kempe:

First and foremost I think, I probably initiated contacted too late. I’ve been very open about that with this process, and I made a mistake at that time. As I think about the hit though, I watch it and I still see that my body doesn’t change through the process of it. I think my shoulders are low, my elbows are low, my knees are bent and I’m in a pretty set positon. As it evolves, he tries to make a play back across my body, which ends up maybe initiating some head contact near my upper back area. That’s what I see. I think there’s no injury, he came back and played. At the end of the day from what I’ve seen, it is a situation where we closed the gap on each other a little bit.

When a possible hearing was brought to his attention:

I was told after the game from Bob [Murray] that I was going to have a hearing or have a call. I was surprised because no one said anything after the game to me otherwise. There was no media talking about it or nothing was brought up, so I was more surprised about that. Initially I was thinking back on it, wondering what happened and wondering if I did anything bad. Obviously, you never want to injure anyone on the ice. That’s a fact. I’ve played 11 years and that’s one thing that I have stood behind and I’m glad he played the rest the game. From my end, there’s zero intent to do any sort of head contact or hit a person to injure them. I think it was a situation where I admitted to initiating contact too late and I think it was something that happened that ended up being very unfortunate for me.

About his 830 consecutive games played streak:

It’s something that I don’t really talk about too much as I’ve been going through it because you are in the process of it. It’s a tough pill to swallow, I’m not going to lie. I’ve played hard and I’ve battled. I’m a professional in that I’ve played a long time and I’ve now missed a game.

On the support from his teammates and the organization:

They have been (supportive). I’m probably being too dramatic about it. I’m sorry my emotions came out for whatever reason. I have had a lot of support. I think there has been a lot of people that have reached out and initiated that I have done something special. The more I look back on it, it’s pretty cool. I think that playing 830 games in a row, not a lot of guys can say that and I think that’s something that I will hold to my heart. I appreciate all the texts. [Teemu] Selanne has been a big advocate in terms of reaching out. I may be making too big a deal of it, but I think when you go through the process and think back about coming to work and playing every single game for 11 straight years, it holds some value and holds some value to a lot of the guys in the league. Like I said, this is the last way I wanted it to go out. I’m glad he wasn’t injured and I’ll take the suspension, move on and come back and help my team.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/15/18 at 04:35 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Dont like Acog, cant stand the Fuchs, but that should have been a penalty only, not a suspension.

Posted by Hootinani on 01/15/18 at 05:15 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m all good with making guys responsible where they place their hits, just like they are responsible for their sticks regardless of the circumstances. And if the league wants to set a suspension standard like this for those hits, then fine.

But for cripes sakes can we get some consistency and ditch the random wheel of justice BS??  As far as the standards of supplemental discipline meted out over the past decade at least, I’m with Hoot, this was not suspension worthy.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/15/18 at 07:22 PM ET

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So this is suspension worthy but Giodorno’s is not? Please explain. Some one is going to have a catastrophic injury or worse in order to fix this

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 01/15/18 at 07:47 PM ET

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Ridiculous.

They were worried that if they didn’t suspend him someone would claim they were being lenient so as to not end his streak.

And they were worried that people would see a 1-game breaking an 800+ game streak as petty.

So instead, they over-punished him. Two games and a broken streak for a late hit that was already penalized.

Unless, as Nate A says, this is the new standard. If they’re putting their foot down and saying this is the punishment for that kind of hit, then fine. I won’t hold my breath though.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 01/15/18 at 09:30 PM ET

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