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Can the NHL eliminate head shots?
Thu, October 11, 2007

Philadelphia Flyers' Jesse Boulerice expects to receive a lengthy suspension after taking a match penalty for cross-checking Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler in the head Wednesday night.

"I reacted in a bad way -- the wrong way," said Boulerice.

Can the NHL eliminate head shots? Have your say in our forum.

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I don't know if they'll ever be able to eliminate head shots but with the advent of every player wearing a helmet there is no respect shown.Players are constantly waiving their sticks above shoulder level.When the NHL decided to make the game soft and call penalties for every little thing instead of letting the players administer the justice strongly and swiftly the way it used to be that just gave the green light to this gutless style of play.The NEW NHL appeals to me about as much as the WWE,which means NOT AT ALL.Between all the penalties that are called having 2 Referees,the ridiculous overtime rule and the most idiotic idea of all,deciding the outcome of a game by a shoot out completely turns my stomach and long for the days when the really tough played the game.
Michael Abriola, 2007-11-07 19:03:32

It wasnt a head shot but the hit from behind yesterday in the Flyers / Bruins game was sickening.

Randy Jones hit Patrice Bergeon from behind into the glass. Bergeon was knocked out, has a broken nose and a concussion.

Watching the replay he is likey his neck wasnt broken. Then to hear Nick Kpyreos say thats a good hockey hit says something about how the players see good clean legal hits. To me that wasnt one.

That is suspendable for as many games as a head shot.


Jimmy, 2007-10-28 16:26:14

No I dont think head shots will ever be eliminated completely. There will always be the Chris Simons and Jesse Boulerices that will snap and use their stick as a weapon.

Anyone that uses their stick like that should get a life time ban, no exceptions.

Hockey is slowly going down the drain with all this crap going on. The players dont have the respect for each other anymore, maybe it is because of the equipment, they dont think they can be hurt or hurt someone else.

Its time the league took care of this garbage once and for all.
James, 2007-10-18 15:30:34

Headshots, hitting from behind, excessive high sticking, and fighting have all been different trends I've seen through the years watching the NHL.

Bible thumpers, assorted criers and scribes all call for something equivalent to the death penalty for such behavior in what is a extremely fast impact sport.

For the record I am against all of the above, but I do not think the NHL can clear any of it completely. There will always be incidents for 2 reasons.

1- The league treats soldiers and starts differently. 2- The players do not seem to respect each other as much as the "good old days" with less equipment and no instigator rule.
HabsFan, 2007-10-16 22:10:59

Head shots are not the problem. The NHL is the problem. If they would quit suiting their players up with weapons and let them police themselves this discussion wouldn't be happening. Remember 1987, soft elbow pads, soft shoulder pads, wood sticks, and if anybody did anything cheap they were introduced to policeman like Bob Probert or Dave Semenko. Now they all have to whine in the media to protect themselves. Good job Bettman, the NHL used to be an honourable league.
Grant, 2007-10-16 19:27:38

I am glad that the Flyers have put Boulerice on waivers. He is nothing but a goon, no skills what so ever.

What he did in the OHL ( baseball swing to an opponents head ) should have prevented him from playing in the NHL.

Maybe it is what someone else said, roid rage. What Kesler did, finish his check wasnt dirty.
Jimmy, 2007-10-16 12:35:15

25 is a little light. These guys need to be warned that the next infraction of this type is a lifetime ban. If 25 doesn't work how will 50? No 3 strikes.
Trev, 2007-10-15 17:19:23

I totally agree with Vince Licandro, he spoke for me.

I wonder how long it will be until us cryers start equating two heavyweights aiming at each others heads, you know, intent to injure by aiming at the head. Premeditated - Get it out of the Game. Just kidding. I like fighting during NHL games. I am a Flames fan and The Flame Godard, is the meanest in the NHL valley and can score too.
wintertime, 2007-10-14 19:44:17

You can't be serious Wolf. You have to be yanking someone's chain to even suggest that the women's national team could compete on an even basis with a male pro team. If you are serious, you've been smoking some funny cigarettes! They would get clobbered by a Midget A team! Yes, they dominate the others involved in women's hockey, but then again most of those teams would have trouble with a Major Bantam team. Not taking anything away from their game which, in and of itself can be exciting when playing the U.S. (the rest are just cannon-fodder), but come on!
George O'Leary, 2007-10-14 16:27:26

The punishment is a joke! Boulerice got off easy for the following reasons:

i) He used the stick as a weapon to injure.

ii) His act and intent to seriously injure Kesler was premeditated

iii) His act was not a 'hockey play'

iv) He used excessive force

v) The result could have been a permanent injury or death to Kesler, the Victim

vi) NHL players have a right to play without the fear for their lives by going to work

vii) 25 games will not be a deterrent any more than 20 games was a deterrent after the Steve Downie hit, or the Chris Simon Hit.

viii) He is a repeat offender

ix) A one year suspension for the first offence with the premeditated use of a stick TO THE HEAD as a weapon in a 'non-hockey play' should be the minimum penalty for a first offence.

Vince Licandro


Vince Licandro, 2007-10-14 02:23:30

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