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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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Nice, Mr.Brolly. This is the kind of meathead mentallity that is taking this game down a violent road. Kesler was watching the play, not looking for some goon to come out and blindside him. Keep your head up! Try pulling your head out.
Sean, 2007-10-13 12:51:59

As a former High school and college hockey player, I have wondered why we permit fighting of any kind in hockey. Permitting it leads to "enforcers" and then to other acts ov violence. The sport should grow up and prohibit it.
Miller, 2007-10-13 12:23:58

all these self appointed hockey insiders, are going to wreck this game too. have these insiders, bob, greg, and darren. ever even played the sport, maybe they where the guys in the beer league, crying, it,s to ruff i have to work tommorrow. if they had a once of hockey knowledge, they would understand that you have to get rid of the instigator call. this is a fact. these dirty plays would be gone. but theyed rather beat there drums , and change hockey for the better? does anyone want to watch girl hockey ever second night, cause sooon , there will be no hitting because someone could be hurt... my god what a yuppy world, this is. where have all the real men gone.. no one forces these guys to play, if it,s to ruff quit. there be someone to take there spot in a heart beat, and just as good. and most of these hockey insiders, could bend over to lace a pair of skates.
fred, 2007-10-13 12:15:28

Player gets long suspensıons. Team pays lots of money.

Thıs ıs bush league at ıt's worst.

Professıonal ıt ıs not!

Charles
Vancouver, 2007-10-13 11:04:28

The problem is not new. Wayne Maki end Ted Green's career and leave shim with a steel plate in his skull. Mark Messier breaks his stick over Thomas Gradin's head, breaking his helmet and leaving him with a fractrured skull. Thank God he was wearing a helmet, or Messier might be serving a life sentence for murder. Rampant steroid use seems to be making the problem worse. Solutgion seems simple enough: first offense you get a full season suspension. Second offense you are gone for life, and face criminal prosecution. This is SPORT! Look up what the word means. These guys make obscene salaries; there's no excuse for molly-coddling the thugs, no matter how talented they may be. Zero tolerance.
Roy, 2007-10-13 10:59:52

I like the idea I heard on the radio that when a player is suspended, the team cannot dress another player to replace him so acts of stupidity hurt the entire team
Pete, 2007-10-13 10:26:28

You can break your stick across someone's head and only get 25 games?!? What a joke! Should have been 50 minimum. The league has lost touch with reality. Who cares if the union appeals and it gets shortened? Send him out of the game for the rest of the season and maybe, just maybe, others will start to pay attention. Tootoo should get at least 25 games.
Dave, 2007-10-13 10:10:05

Looks like another case of "Roid Rage" to me. The NHL has to start getting serious about things like this. I've been watching hockey for many many years and there is a great difference between this and "rugged hockey". It's called assault and battery and it's a criminal offence. Is this how the NHL expects to attract/keep fans? This may be an enormous can of worms for the league to deal with but the're going to have to sooner or later. Are they waiting for a fatality?
John Bertrand, 2007-10-13 01:17:03

I can't believe that there are people out there who suggest that a suspension should match the time missed by the injured player..that is simply flawed logic...the crime should be punished based on intent...and head shots like the ones delivered by Boulerice, and by Tootoo last night should be punished severely..25 games is a start, but by no means is it good enough...and I am still shocked that there are those out there who defend these guys by making the claim that "hockey is a tough game"...it is that type of ignorance that perpetuates the violence that is causing ruin to the game...I;ve played hockey and it can be played with agression and with toughness while being clean...
Vince A., 2007-10-12 22:29:14

when you lose your temper like Boulerice did ;is only part of the problem. These kids now have to play on the edge all the time to make it. Some snap. That being said I see numerous instances where you have antaginizer players going around picking and yapping and they get nothing. It shows no respect for other players or the game. It happens in other sports.

This is only part of the sad shape our society is in.
Darcy, 2007-10-12 20:38:32

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