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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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Right from the time Cormier came across the ice he was raising his elbow with intent to hit Tam. It was disgraceful. He should be banned from hockey the rest of his life. His intent was to injure. There will be a death if this garbage keeps up.

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Bill McLaughlin, 2010-01-20 14:21:23

You're right, this guy is a coward who wouldn't have the guts to stand up to a legit enforcer and go toe to toe. The thing is that this goon has enough talent to make it without resorting to cheap shots, but when you have owners or G.M.s that like this type of thing (read Lou Lamoriello statements) then you can't expect anything different.
Bill, 2010-01-20 13:24:21

In a case of intent to injure and cheap shots ,simply make the suspension the length of time it takes the injured player to return to the game. If the injury is so severe that it ends that players' career, then it should also end the career of the PUNK who injured them.(an eye for an eye)
Robert Pula, 2010-01-20 10:55:16

Knowing what we do about the seriousness of head injuries, we have to change our mindsets about ALL hits to the head. Doctors have been saying it for years, but the hockey world has largely ignored their warnings.

Even if it means changing what we consider to be a "clean" hit.
Ron, 2010-01-19 21:57:10

Once, maybe, but twice? The same guy, the same exact elbow to the defenseless head cheap shot. Clearly he's not sane and has no respect for the rules, his opponents, his teammates, the game of hockey or himself. Cormier, that's not playing "tough" its brainless and cowardly. Yes you are simply a coward and I'm saddened and embarrassed that you were actually a member of our WJ team let alone its captain. Gilles Courteau is a good commissioner and he'll do the right thing; the rest of the season, including the play -offs and if he's brave enough, all of next season.
Tommy T, 2010-01-19 21:00:42

I am a hockey fan and feel that hitting is part of the game and it needs to stay. But deliberate head shots are criminal and must be treated as such. There is one simple solution to this nonsense. Cormier's career should be ended right now. No chance of appeal. The video evidence is all we need. You take a guy out on purpose like that, you're out for life. Period. Absolutely sickening.
Paul, 2010-01-19 20:32:59

As most martial artists are aware, the elbow can be used to deliver one of the most devastating of blows, usually to the head. For God's sake these blows are outlawed even in ultimate fighting competitions. The video that has been made so prominently public over the last few days, clearly shows a vicious and premeditated attempt by Cormier to inflict grievous injury to his opponent Mikael Tam. Yes, admittedly, hockey is one of the fastest and roughest sports on the planet, but there's a world of difference between rough and just plain vicious. It's a documented fact that head injuries have increased both in frequency and in severity since the institution of the mandatory helmet rules in all minor and professional levels of the game, however, while protecting players from injuries resulting from inadvertant contact, this rule has also given certain players the feeling that they can act with impunity because the other player is wearing a helmet and is "protected". Cormier should be sanctioned with a permanent suspension from organized hockey ANYWHERE, and face criminal charges for aggravated assault. If the CHL and the police allow this to go unpunished, it will open the door for future incidents that could, and probably will, have much more dire consequences. Hockey is a beautiful game... a combination of skill, speed, strength, agility, and grace unequalled in any other sport. Let's keep it that way.
Mike, 2010-01-19 20:31:53

I've just read several comments on the Cormier incident, and in my opinion, nobody is getting the damn point. Will someone tell me how hockey different from other contact sports. If someone did something in football, baseball, or basketball as vicious and deadly as Cormier did, he'd be finished from the game. I just don't get it. Gambling, and using steriods seem to be considered the ultimate sins in sports, but in hockey you can take an opponent's head off, end his career, and you get a suspension???? Duhhh? Chee Ralph, I just don't get it!!
Gordon Bennett, 2010-01-19 19:46:34

A little off topic. If I was an enforcer and knew I didn't get a lo of ice time. I would have gambled on a suspension, hopped over the bench and gone for cormiers throat with cross check. See how he likes being cheap shorted.
Unanimouse, 2010-01-19 15:18:41

peiguy, get real. Yes it is a rough and tough sport but head shots are going to kill this game and Cormier needs to understand it. Next time it could be him. There's nothing wrong with a clean hit whan a guys head is down but sticking out the elbow, to the HEAD, is a blatant attemp to hurt someone. As I said, there needs to be some respect for an opponent. I also played Jr. and college hockey (AUAA) and I just don't see the same level of respect anymore that was apparent most of the time when I played in the late 70's & early 80's.
akapipe, 2010-01-19 15:03:19

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