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Does hockey need to get tough on players who deliver shots to the head?
Mon, January 18, 2010

Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts was listed in stable condition in hospital after taking an elbow to the head from Rouyn-Noranda centre Patrice Cormier, who captained Canada at the recent world junior hockey championship.

This is just the latest in a series of vicious head shots at the NHL and junior levels this season.

There was speculation that the QMJHL, which has come down hard on cases of violence this season, will suspend Cormier for the rest of the season and perhaps for the playoffs.

Cormier ejected for elbow



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so long idiot...too bad the walking contradiction Dave Branch caved in and made a fool out of himself by letting a player with some talent come back with only 20 while banning a talentless thug earlier on
dave, 2010-01-25 15:17:26

The suspension is sufficient. Remember, all these kids are trying to prove they belong in the Pro leagues. I can't really support any decision that would be 'career-ending.) I know what you're gonna say, 'Cormier may have ended Tam's career.' They have to show the next level what they can give and what they can take. What suspension would you give a kid in the minors, a life time suspension, I don't think so. If Cormier does this at the next level he'll soon be taught a lesson from his newest peers.
Lloyd, 2010-01-25 15:16:50

Nice to see the QMJHL has the guts to make the right call. I can't beleive that Cormier actually had the audacity to say he was trying to hit him cleanly (if you watch the replay, there's no attempt to throw the body, just the elbow) and Lou Lamoriello had the audacity to say he didn't think it was a suspendable infraction. I wonder if he'd have the same opinion if someone did that to Marty Brodeur?
Brian, 2010-01-25 14:31:19

Making the suspension as long as the injured player only works if the offending player has any time left in that league. This is Cormier's last year of Junior. The League dealt with this hit properly. They suspended him from Junior hockey in Canada for good.

Cornier will end up playing in the New Jersey Devils organization. He'll probably end up playing in the Minor system ASAP. There is nothing that anyone can do about this. Hopefully if Cormier tries the flying elbow routine in the Minors or in the Pro's, he'll be taught by MEN that Intent to Injure has it's consequences.
cappthook, 2010-01-25 14:04:00

good riddance to that moron..too bad it wasn't in the NHL...then somebody would have beat him savagely like he deserves
lol, 2010-01-25 12:33:01

Cormier getting suspended for the season and playoffs is definately severe enough to send the right message, given the stupid act he did to get it. While not being overly punitive to a salvageable young player.

Hopefully the message will get out. I'm not so sure some of the game changes in the past 10 years have made for a better game or not. There seems to be a lot more cheap shots.
peiguy, 2010-01-25 12:14:02

It is not part of the game, get rid of him. So called hockey insiders say it is part of the game, it is a rough sport, well elbow a hockey insider in the head and tell them that is part of life.
Walter, 2010-01-25 11:41:03

To Gordon Bennett,

We do "get it", but you are wrong. Hockey is the same as other sports with body contact, but not comparable to baseball. Get real. Sure a base runner can collide with a catcher in hope to pop the ball loose but it's totally different than hockey. What Cormier did was cowardly. Frankly the whole gane of hockey has changed with this new style or generation of players. They are more concerned in laying on a hard cheap shot than digging for the puck. Any goal crease replay shows 10 players inside the crease and every play ends in a facewash. It's childish and silly. Get back to the 70's hockey. great rushes, passing and no ego's. Any crap was dealt with by the goon on the team. Youi didn't have the middleweights fighting. Head shots were not a prevalent as today because the idiot would have his teeth in his underwear.
jeffk, 2010-01-20 21:39:07

Does anyone see a pattern here, Pre-Tournament elbow to Swedish player.

As Robert Pula said; suspend for lengh of the injury, I like it but, why not determine suspension lengh then add it onto time away for the injury. That is if injured player is out until 13 March so should the offender be, then kick in his suspension on top of that. Maybe that will wake up the spineless little SOB. What a role model he is, doing cheap crap like this, benched for stupid penalties during Jr tournament.
Janney, 2010-01-20 16:05:26

Hitting is part of the game, cheap shots like this that are pure intent to injure are not. Get the police to investigate and lay charges as appropriate. The hockey rink is not excluded from the laws of the land, if the intent to injure as in this case is clear, the person who does so needs to be charged and face the full brunt of the law for their actions. If they were told to do so by their coaches, then they too get charged.
Erik, 2010-01-20 14:38:55

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