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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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This guy is sleazy and a disgrace to the sport and the country. The head shot to Rodin was the same movement.....dirtbag!
Neil, 2010-01-19 08:08:42

Make an example of Cormier. He is a big name now that he was Captain of Canada's junior team. I hope the "Q" sets an example for ALL of the hockey world. This goon should be suspended for life and if the pro leagues want to be taken seriously, they should uphold the decision. Hockey does not need this type of "player" in any of the leagues.
The Voice of Reason, 2010-01-19 07:40:49

It's assault, plain and simple. Charge him.

And the pads these days are weapons.
Trev, 2010-01-19 07:32:32

Why can't they teach young kids to respect when hitting? You don't see this kind of crap in football. Football players respect each other. They are taught how to hit properly.

I hope they suspend this guy the rest of the season and fine him. A clear message needs to be sent. Obviously the Michael Liambas hit and suspension didn't resonate to the QMJHL.
Jason, 2010-01-19 07:28:23

As long as there are cheering fans praising these guys for the hard hits and fights, the hard hits and fights will continue. They're just giving us what we want.
Pat, 2010-01-19 06:56:53

I didn't get to see the Cormier hit but think head shots should recieve a Min 10 game suspension automatically when a player has to leave the game as a result of the hit. On top of that, the number of games the injured player misses directly attributed to the hit to the head should be added to the suspension. Injured player misses 10 games + 10 game automatic =

20 game suspension in this case.

As another side note mention by others, elbow pads and shoulder pads should be made to be softer. They changed the design so that hard exterior shell had to be covered but the manufactures put only a thin layer of foam which doesn't really soften the equipment.

As far as I'm concerned this act by Cornier was no different than the Bertuzzi attack on Moore.
PRICE, 2010-01-19 06:46:25

It's time all levels of hockey took deliberate attempts to injure seriously. The ultimate penalty for the perpetrator would be to eliminate them from playing hockey at any level without pay for the duration that the person they injured cannot play. This needs to be implemented whether the player is highly skilled or a hired team pugilist. For example, Betuzzi would not be playing hockey and being highly payed now for the cowardly hit on Moore.
NVME, 2010-01-19 03:54:31

Absolutely frightening hit. Interesting to look at the photo of the day on the same web page and see that it was a fight in a Montreal/Boston game. If the media continues to promote violence, it will continue to proliferate. Start publishing photos other than violence in hockey - it is a great game without it!
Lynn, 2010-01-19 00:46:45

Cormier is the reason why I am not a fan of hockey anymore . I will never register my son in hockey! If Cormier likes to hit so much why does he challenge George St-Pierre ! At least he will see it coming he won`t be looking down on the ice ! You should be ashamed of yourself!Change sports you goon !
Daniel Groulx, 2010-01-19 00:33:06

This guy is an insult to the hockey sport world.
Robert, 2010-01-18 23:37:03

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