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Did Randy Jones deserve a suspension?
Mon, October 29, 2007

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones has been suspended two games for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron over the weekend.

NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said Monday that he didn't believe Jones intended to injure Bergeron when he hammered him into the boards from behind, but that he did deliver a "hard check to a player who was in a vulnerable position."

Did Randy Jones deserve a suspension? Have your say in our forum.

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Bill, maybe hockey is not the game for you and your little girl. Hitting from behind is only illegal when the opposing player is hit into the boards or net. You can verify it on Hockey Canada's website under rule definitions. It is bleeding heart liberals like yourself that make a mountain out of a mole hill. No one is condoning cowerdly type hits from behind. Hitting from behind into boards or the net is illegal and should be punished accordingly. However, you and referees that interpret the rules differently than written are ruining hockey. Again, perhaps balet would be best for you and your little girl.
Pete, 2007-11-02 12:25:12

Did I miss the memo about body checking ? Hitting from behind is very dangerous, I think Jones is very lucky that Bergerons neck wasnt broken.

The NHL has to crack down on it, someone is going to end up in a wheelchair or possibly dead if they dont.

I like a good clean hit as much as any hockey fan, but there is a difference between a hard body check and hitting from behind.

Letting pro players do it at the NHL level is setting a bad example for the kids.
Gary, 2007-11-01 11:08:15

Since when is hitting a player from behind a good clean hit ?

That is a cowards way of checking and is illegal.

Jones should be out as long as Bergeron is and have a hefty fine to boot. Two games for Jones, Bergeron is out at least a month so he will miss around 10 give or take a game or two.

The NHL is getting very dangerous with the head shots and hitting from behind. When my son gets bigger I will think twice about getting him into hockey.
Bill, 2007-11-01 11:02:29

It should have been more than 2. Five games seems more reasonable.

He could have pulled up or avoided the hit, or atleast lessen it. It wasn't incedental contact, it was a shove on the numbers.

Bergeron is not completely innocent either, like all of the other head first hits into the boards he had his head down. He is currently being punished for his part with a concussion.

While it wasn't premeditated it could have been avoided if the mindset of the players was different when it comes to hitting from behind.
Trev, 2007-11-01 09:29:47

After seeing the replay a few times I am shocked his neck wasnt broken. That hit from behind suspension should be at least the same as any hit to the head.

Patrice is out at least a month, Jones gets 2 games ? Where is the justice in that ? Patrice is more valuable to his team than Jones is to the Flyers.

Doesnt matter if the intent is there to injure or not, bottom line is Boston lost of of their best players for a month while the offender gets a measley 2 games.
James, 2007-10-31 12:01:13

When a player is injured on a dirty play, the player causing the injury should be suspended at least as long as the injured player is out. The NHL needs to get serious about checking from behind before someone gets seriously injured.
Mike, 2007-10-30 08:37:55

It was a dirty hit from behind. Jones deserves at least 20 - 25 games.

Bergeron has a concussion, who knows how long he will be out of the Bruins line up, I am guessing it will be longer than 2 games.

Hitting from behind is being dirty, someone has to be seriously hurt or killed ( broken neck ) before they will get tough on this.
Jimmy, 2007-10-30 01:36:55

I am getting tired of the media deciding what suspension a player should get. I mean really sick and tired. These Loudmouths are so frustrating.
dom, 2007-10-29 20:51:24

I'm surprised he got off as lightly as he did. Perhaps his relatively clean record helped as well as his admission of guilt and remorse. However he ran into Bergeron in a place known to cause serious injury, he lifted his feet, he hit Bergeron in the back of his head leading with his elbow. He obviously wanted to hit him hard. I can't see how anyone could accept this kind of hit as "not intending to cause harm". On top of all that, 2 fellow Flyers are currently suspended for ugly hits. Clearly any Flyer and the coaching staff should be extremely careful about boarding. Not only should Jones be suspended, but the Flyers organization should be held to account.
George Lakins, 2007-10-29 20:26:02

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