STEVE SIMMONS, SUN MEDIA
The junior hockey career of Michael Liambas is over.
The Ontario Hockey League came down hard on the Erie Otters forward, suspending him for the entire season and the playoffs.
The decision came after the boarding incident last Friday night in Kitchener in which 16-year-old Ben Fanelli was seriously injured.
Fanelli remains in a Hamilton hospital, after suffering a fractured skull, a broken orbital bone and other related injuries.
What is your opinion of the suspension? Was it the right call? Have your say in our forum.
Bill R, 2009-11-04 16:12:31
In hockey, there is an allowance for "finishing checks" to players in last possession of the puck. There is referee discretion whether something excessive surrounds that check. There is no clear definition to describe excess.
This has troubled me for years, i.e., what distinguishes a play from interference, charging, ergo for boarding, etc.. What it appears, lately, is whether or not the player hit is injured enough to require medical attention.
Like hockey, like football, there exists a paradigm of habits that can be changed. Football purists hated new rules set in to protect QB's; but, we've all moved on and understand their importance. There is not a reason in the world to institute a similar rule which means, "once the puck is gone, do what you need to do to turn away..."
Melman33, 2009-11-04 16:12:23
Sure I feel for the injured kid, nobody should have to go through all of that, but at the same time everybody agrees that the hit was clean and there is no premeditated reason to cause an injury (a la Todd Bertuzzi)
So why is this boy being punished to such an extent for being in the wrong place at the wrong time
Wiley67, 2009-11-04 16:11:59
And.... Fanelli was facing him square on until a fraction of a second before the hit.
My problem here isn't the hit, its the ease at which the guy's helmet came off. If it was on properly and if he'd had a cage, then a large amount of this damage could have been reduced or eliminated entirely.
Hockey is a contact sport, and if you don't use the protective equipment properly, you'll get hurt.
Chris, 2009-11-04 16:02:27
Also, when will a rule be enforced where a player MUST have a tight helmet with a tight chin strap? They wear them so damn loose!
Hope the Ranger kid is going to be okay though.
Marc, 2009-11-04 16:01:05