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Video- If You See A Hit Coming, What Do You Do?

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta didn’t get to see the wild ending. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary tests after suffering a neck injury in the first period.

Kaleta made a pass along the boards and turned his back as Mike Brown barreled in. The Toronto forward followed through his hit and was assessed a boarding penalty.

“I thought he was sideways,” Ruff said. “Some of the obligation is on the player. I didn’t think he was defenseless. It’s a tough area.

“It’s not a blatant run of a guy from behind. He’s had the neck issues in the past. ... We want to make sure that there’s nothing there.”

Watch the hit below, starting at the :55 second mark...

added 3:25pm,

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 30, 2013) ---  Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta spent last night in the hospital and was released earlier today. Currently he’s at home and will not be traveling to Boston for the team’s game against the Bruins tomorrow night.

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Nathan's avatar

Hard to call that one a dirty hit, but I would like to see the NHL allow players to get their sticks up to protect themselves. I don’t think anyone would be as inclined to book it across the ice to lay a big hit on a guy mucking for the puck in the corner if the lumber was gonna come up.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/30/13 at 09:41 AM ET


At some point players will have to take responsibility for their own health and safety.

Hockey is a contact sport, the players, the fans, everyone is aware of that. A paragraph in the rule book is not going to protect you from a body check. What will protect you are the actions you take when playing:
    1. Ensure you are wearing all the appropriate protective equipment, and that you are wearing it properly. That means your chinstrap is done up tight.
  2. Make safe plays. Don’t take chances and put yourself in a position to get hurt.
  3. If you do take a chance make sure you are prepared to be checked. Keep your head up. Always looking the direction you are moving. Don’t stand 2 feet away facing the boards.

This doesn’t excuse the player who is doing the checking, they need to ensure they are following the rules. Hockey is a contact sport so, be prepared to get checked. Don’t be surprised when you get hurt because you were standing away from the boards and you turn your back to the player you see coming towards you.

Posted by nwm on 01/30/13 at 10:27 AM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t be checking a guy from behind. Brown wanted to drive Kaletta through the boards if he could. Yes, it’s a contact sport, but when you’re staring at the guys numbers, play the puck.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 01/30/13 at 04:41 PM ET

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