March 9, 2007 9:43pm CST
Did anyoen see the replay where Ryan Hollweg get whacked accross the face by Chris Simons after Hollweg gave him a hard check. The league has to do something to stop the sticks from being use that way this is like the fourth real serious incedent involving a stick i have seen this year. I am getting real tired of seeing the sticks beign used like they are in the old days if you did what some of the players did the teams enforcer would be out on your next shift and would show you what not to do. What do you think let the players settle it or get the league to do something?
10 Mar 07
The league has given Simon 15 games which is the whole season I believe and 7 playoff games. Which is pretty generous for an incident of that caliber. The league can't really do much to stop players from doing that as it is an act of aggression and a moment where someone loses control and lets their anger overtake them. That slash across the face was the worst looking play I have seen more than Bertuzzi and McSorley.
10 Mar 07
I agree it was way worse that the those two incidents deserves more than 22 games. For McSorley 23 games stick to the head, Brad May 20 games for slashing, Eddis Shore got 16 for his stick to the head and Scott Neidermayer got 10 game for stick to the head. It is an agressive sport but they are professionals and should not loose it like that look at Rugby, Football and Lacrosse they are jsut as aggressive and in Lacrosse depending on which league you play in you can end your season for something like that. Some leagues if your stick accidently touches the opponents helmut 2 minutes if deliberate can get worse and can even end the season for you. That is the what the NHL has to do to get the sticks down.
• Cocos (Keeling) Islands
3 Apr 07
Chris Simons have a lot of guts to have done that. Hollweg slammed him in the wall but he didn't have to do anything back and ask for a penality. What he did, for me, worth a lot more then 15 games (which is the second or the higher expulsion of the nhl given), I would have expulsed him for like the rest of the season, 15 games of the next year and all games that missed Ryan Hollweg because of him. Thats my opinion.
• United States
26 Mar 07
I think the leagues been enforcing the rule of using the stick for nothing but puck play has come around full force. I've seen a lot less high sticking and when it happens they're called. Of course there are always going to be playes missed and accidental times when high sticking just happens but a blatant use of stick as a defensive mode is useless anymore. I personally don't know how the guys at this point can NOT use their sticks to hold the opponent, etc. because that's how you're taught in the peewee leagues up until recently! It's going to take a while before it becomes second nature for the players NOT to use the sticks to help them defensively.