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An intentional cross-check to the face of an opposing participant earlier than the puck even drops on a faceoff is just a one-game suspension within the NHL.
That’s what the NHL Division of Participant Security dominated Friday after it reviewed a cross-check the Bruins’ A.J. Greer delivered to the face of the Canadiens’ Mike Hoffman late within the first interval of Thursday night time’s recreation in Boston that the Bruins ended up successful 4-2.
The on-ice officers gave Greer a five-minute main penalty and a recreation misconduct after reviewing the incident on video within the penalty field.
Hoffman needed to be stitched up within the locker room, however returned to play within the second interval whereas carrying a face defend.
The groups had been lined up for a faceoff at 17:08 of the primary interval when Greer and Hoffman exchanged
what the Division of Participant Security described in its video explaining the ruling as “mild stickwork.
Greer then took a step towards Hoffman, who raised his persist with Greer’s chest “in a defensive method to push him backwards,” the Division of Participant Security video states. “As he’s doing so, Greer raises his stick above Hoffman’s with two palms and delivers a blow that hits Hoffman straight within the face. That is cross-checking.”
The video ruling provides: “It is very important be aware that this isn’t a case of a stick directed to an opponent that rides up the opponent. This cross-check is delivered cleanly to the top of Hoffman. And whereas we perceive Greer’s assertion that he doesn’t intend to strike Hoffman on this method, gamers are chargeable for their stick always. This can be a careless cross-check delivered throughout a stoppage in play that strikes an opponent at a harmful top with the pressure essential to warrant supplemental self-discipline.”
However just one recreation.
Greer “didn’t intend to strike Hoffman on this method”?
Actually? What was his intention?
Just one recreation.
Not surprisingly, Hoffman wasn’t proud of the Division of Participant Security’s choice.
“So, I’ve gotten a two-game suspension for cross-checking a man behind the helmet,” Hoffman mentioned on a video he posted on social media after the choice Friday. “A full-blown cross-check to the face, one recreation. Hmm.”
In December 2016, whereas he was with the Ottawa Senators, Hoffman was suspended for 2 video games for cross-checking the San Jose Sharks’ Logan Couture.
George Parros, the top of the Division of Participant Security, performed 9 years within the NHL and by no means scored greater than 5 objectives in a season. Within the 474 profession video games Parros performed, he had 18 objectives, 18 assists and 1,092 penalty minutes.
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