Head Shots or Clean Hits: This Is a Fine Line

March 16th, 2010 by owen hart Leave a reply »
The new topic of the NHL in the last few months or so is HEAD SHOTS. In all honesty, there is only one reason why this is becoming a big issue. That reason is softness. Everyone around the NHL is becoming too soft. I do agree that players taking aim at other players' heads with elbow and cross checks go too far, but when we are questioning shoulder hits to the upper body, it is going too far. It starts with the head now, then it will be the chest, then there will not be hitting at all in the NHL and it will be as boring as women's hockey.

Let' start with the Mike Richards hit to David Booth. It was a clean hit. You are taught as young kids never to admire your pass or shot because there is always someone around to take you out. Booth admired it and got crunched in the " trolley tracks". This was a hit 30 years ago that would have been played over and over on Sports Centre and talked about for days because of the hard impact. It is not dirty or a head shot. Yes, Booth missed three months of play for the Florida Panthers, but it was CLEAN, nothing wrong.

The Matt Cooke hit on Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins was another clean hit. Shoulder to head. Nothing il ...

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