No Suspension on Hossa Is The Correct Call

April 25th, 2010 by Andrew Mason Leave a reply »
Today after a hearing by the NHL, Colin Campbell ruled that Hossa will not be suspended for his on Nashville's Dan Humhuis.

This is the correct call.

The NHL has been wildly inconsistent such as with Cooke's hit on Savard but this one is right.

Now everyone is complaining about how his hit is EXACTLY like Ovechkin's on Brian Campbell.  This is not at all the same.  The only thing that was similar between these two was the fact that it happened to a defender in a race for the puck below the goal line.  That is where the similarities end.

Now let's look at the key differences:

1. Ovechkin hit Campbell square in the numbers.  Hossa hit him on the side.  Watch the angle from behind them, it was barely on the back.

2. Ovechkin put his full force into it.  Hossa gave him a slight push.

3. Ovechkin is known to pull this type of stuff before in just this season. (Boarding on Kaleta and Knee to Knee on Gleason)

4. The game misconduct he received for hitting Campbell was his third, and three game misconducts in the season, a game suspension is automatic. (Rule 23.3 ...

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