Tag: James Wisniewski dirty hit

Wisniewski's dirty hit on Seabrook: Yep, another one


Wis.jpgJust when we all started to get past the Alex Ovechkin suspension and
the controversy and debate over the hit on Brian Campbell, we have yet
another bad hit to mull over.

This time, it’s James Wisniewski
taking out Brent Seabrook with a high hit that pasted Seabrook to the
boards and left him toppling to the ice in a heap. Fortunately, I’m
fairly certain that we can all agree this hit is incredibly dangerous,
illegal and definitely suspension-worthy. You can see the
hit here.

Wisniewski was given just a two-minute minor for
charging however, when it seems such a hit would warrant so much more
than that. After watching the video of the hit, you can obviously see
his upper arm make direct contact with Seabrook’s head; technically not
an elbow but this is exactly the sort of hit the NHL is fighting to take
out of the game.

I’m sure the NHL is going to take a long, hard
look at this one and it will be very interesting to see just what Colin
Campbell has to say about this hit. Seeing Seabrook crumple to the ice
like that will not help Wisniewski’s case, nor will the fact that it
appeared he left his feet as he made the hit.

Here’s what I don’t
understand. First of all, everyone knows the NHL is targeting these
sorts of hits after the past couple of weeks. You would think the
players would be careful not to target the head, knowing that the league
is going to start coming down harder and harder on these hits the more
they happen. And you can’t say this was an accidental hit to the head;
his arm was raised and made solid contact above the shoulders on a
player that was standing up tall on the ice.

What doesn’t help
matters is that it seems the hit might have been a bit of retaliation. Just
moments before Wisniewski took him out, Seabrook threw what seemed to be a
blatant elbow to the head of Corey Perry. It was a high high to the back of Corey’s head that sent him sprawling along the boards; the hit went uncalled, and
the play then resulted in the Wisniewski hit.

There might also be some question as to whether Seabrook played up the severity of the hit and embellished his injury, as is mentioned in the video. Seabrook did not return to the ice after the hit, however, so I’m fairly certain his reaction was genuine. Also, I don’t know how someone can get blindsided into their boards, where an elbow drives your head in the glass, and then make an instantly conscious decision to play up the severity of his injury.

Have I mentioned I’m
pretty sick and tired of writing about all of this?

Star of the Week jinx? Samuelsson out 2-3 weeks

mikael.jpgAs far as I know, there’s no concrete award for being named the NHL’s player of the week, but surely Mikael Samuelsson could think of a better way to celebrate than to be injured for 2-3 weeks. Right?

All kidding aside, it’s been an up and down season for the Swedish winger. The Vancouver Sun reports that he’ll miss up to three weeks with the always nebulous “upper body injury.”

That injury, thought to be shoulder-related, was suffered late in Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

Canuck coach Alain Vigneault acknowledged the loss of Samuelsson is a significant blow to his team.

“He had been playing real well,” Vigneault said after his team’s practice today at General Motors Place. “He just got named first star in the NHL last week so obviously he was contributing to our success and it’s something we are going to have to deal with.”

Samuelsson had been one of the Canucks’ hottest offensive players of late. He has recorded 30 goals and 53 points this season. Both are career highs.

Along with posting career highs in points, Samuelsson also made waves when he shared some profanity-laced responses upon hearing news of being left off the Swedish Olympic team. Considering his solid chemistry with the Sedin twins, one cannot help but wonder if his right-handed shot could have come in handy for what turned out to be an underwhelming Swedish team.

Michael Grabner has been called up to replace him.

Taking off the foil: Chiefs set to relocate


Some might call it life imitating art, but news of the Slapshot-milking Johnstown Chiefs’ probable relocation to South Carolina cannot be that sad, right?  The people of Johnstown voted to name the team after the popular movie in 1988 and so the club spent an impressive 22 years of minor league hockey in the small town. (thanks to Tapeleg for correcting me regarding the history of the team’s name).

Most of Slapshot’s one-liners are genuinely unpublishable, but here is one anthology of the film’s best quotes. Instead of going over the movie’s best lines, let’s instead look at which other mainstream* hockey movies are worth seeing (and which absolutely are not).

Other hockey movies worth seeing

The first Mighty Ducks – Yeah, they’re by no means works of art but no movies converted more kids to hockey fans than these goofy Disney films. Besides, every self respecting American hockey fan needs to make occasional knuckle-puck and Flying V jokes.

Miracle – Kurt Russell is fantastic as Herb Brooks. The hockey scenes are thrilling and beautifully choreographed. The speeches are amazing (“you’ll take it to your grave!”). Most importantly, you can imagine your team doing Herbies after a bad game even though that never happens in the NHL.

The Rocket – It’s not a perfect film, but the cinematography is fantastic and Sean Avery gets pummeled in it.

Happy Gilmore – Remember when Adam Sandler was bearable-to-funny? Apollo Creed and Ben Stiller really bring this one home with their absurd cameos. Bob Barker was amusing but started a discouraging trend of stunt casting in comedies.