Zdeno Chara’s Clean Hit: Everyone Calm Down, Injuries Are Part of the Game

March 10th, 2011 by Brian Langen Leave a reply »
Hockey is a tough sport, and like any tough sport, injuries are a part of the game.  The players are well aware of this. If they weren’t okay with it, then they would have signed up for something like figure skating or curling. 

A big hit, or any hit for that matter, is a part of the game just like tackling is a part of rugby and football.  Whenever you have two 200-pound men colliding, whether it’s on ice or on turf, injuries are bound to happen.  That’s just a fact of life. 

Now I’m not saying that I like seeing guys get hurt, because I don’t.  All I’m saying is that there are clean hits and there are dirty hits.  Seeing players get hurt on a clean hit in the normal flow of a hockey game is unfortunate, but seeing players get hurt on a dirty hit is what needs to be taken out of the game.

Take for example, the Joe Thornton hit on David Perron.  Thornton received a two-game suspension for a blindside check to the head.  I personally think that this was a clean hit.  Thornton stepped in front of Perron, his elbow was down, he didn’t jump or charge, and unfo ...

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