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Ovechkin hearing in progress; suspension likely?

Mar 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

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A decision on whether Alex Ovechkin is suspended because of
yesterday’s hit will come down within hours, as Alex Ovechkin is
currently in a hearing with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s dean of
punishments.

Whether he deserves a suspension is the subject of
intense debate right now, as it seems the mitigating factor has to do
with Brian Campbell’s potentially season-ending injury. It seems that
the NHL had originally decided not to suspend Ovechkin but has possibly
changed it’s mind after the news of Campbell’s injury came out this
morning. That the severity of the injury should affect the punishment is
one I cannot agree with, but it’s certainly a factor in Colin
Campbell’s decision-making.

Here are some of the highlights of the Twitter debate waging as
we speak, from some of the best hockey writers around, after the jump.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie: 

I will be
surprised if Ovechkin is not suspended for a couple of games. Campbell’s
injury is the big factor now.

As for whether
injury should be a factor, debate it all day, but it is a primary
consideration. In life, as well as the NHL.

Pick your example:
DUI, lose ur license. Injure somone while DUI, maybe jail. Bar fight?
Simple assault. Injure someone badly. All bets off.

Greg Wyshynski:

Suspending b/c of
aftermath=horrible.

@TSNBobMcKenzie
We’re really bringing “real world”
criminal examples into a sport that features simple assaults every
night, Bob?

Elliote Friedman: ough day for NHL
— Savard injury is more serious than Campbell’s, but league can’t say
there’s nothing in rules about hitting from behind.

Doesn’t help that
this involves Pittsburgh (Cooke) and Washington. Two teams are very
sensitive about how each other is treated.

Damien Cox:

NHL had no plans
to suspend Ovechkin on Sunday. If they’ve changed their minds now, Caps
should appeal.

Blackhawks are
obviously squawking to the league over Campbell injury. They may get
their way. Some teams have more pull, I guess.

This is the new
NHL “code.” No matter what, scream for the other guy to get suspended.
It just might happen.

I feel for Colie
Campbell. It’s an impossible job. But without a set of parameters, it
looks like making it up as they go along.

  1. Drummer Dude - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Should have been a double minor at best. Cambell was pushed from the side by Ovie. Ask Jagre what it feels like to actually be hit by number 8. It’s hockey, not squash.

  2. Rob Selby - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Ovechkin is a great player. Kind of a one-dementional cherry picker. Crosby is a smarter and all-around more skilled player.
    Ovechkin’s hit was brutal and dirty. He is a thug on the ice, at times. Suspend his sorry @$$.

  3. Ernie Siegrist - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    He should be suspended for as long as Brian Campbell is out.

  4. matt - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    The NHL created quite the disaster by not suspending Cooke. He should have been given at least 4 games for what he did to Savard and because he’s a repeat offender. And I’m saying that as a Penguins fan. Been one for over 17 years. He should have been suspended, I expected him to be, and he wasn’t. It was down right stupid of the NHL to decide that nothing was the best course of action. Now if Ovechkin gets suspended people are going to go nuts. And rightfully so, because now the standard for appealing a case is going to be “well…Cooke got nothing”.
    Personally, I think if you do a borderline dangerous hit and another player gets hurt, you should serve at least a 1 game suspension. 2 or more if that player is out for the season. There has to be something to prevent guys from launching guys head first into the boards, or knee-on-knee attacks, etc…

  5. Aquaman - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    You need to take another look at the film – both of Ovechkin’s arms are behind Campbell. That would be a push from behind – not from the side. Yeh, Ovechkin is strong and hits like a truck but it was a cheap hit – which he is becoming well-known for since this is his third game misconduct of the year.

  6. Wendell Young - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    There is no double minor for boarding per the NHL rulebook.
    To me, this hit was actually less vile than the knee-to-knee hits he has done three times in the past. Hitting in the back is bad, but it’s not like he rode him into the boards. It looks a lot worse b/c Campbell lost his balance…with some help, I understand.
    2 game suspension at worst, wouldn’t be surprised at 0.
    Full disclosure – I am a Pens fan but I don’t hate Ovie just b/c he isn’t Sid. The furstrating part is he’s good enough that he doesn’t have to run guys.

  7. a - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    there is no reason for Ovechkin to be suspended. One has to take into account the momentum on the ice. I think it would be different if it was an open ice hit (like the Jagr one in the Olympics). He got his major and game misconduct. He knew that there would be a penalty, he even checked to see if Campbell was okay by flicking his left hand at him (something that NBC showed in replays–great catch by NBC cameraman). The aftermath of a player should not be taken into account as to what a league punishment might be.

  8. DudeDad - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Ovie a cherry picker? Cindy Crosby is the cherry picker, hovers around the goal, can’t be checked because he cries and draws the penalty. He thinks he’s Lebron…you look at him and you get called. Ovie is NOT one-dimensional at all. The hit was not hard, if you watch it…as Campbell released, he was pushed and he lost his footing. Unfortunate, yes, but certainly not one of the head shots that have gone around the league that have not been penalized. The league should determine (1) a major penalty should not have been called; (2) and because of that, no suspension. We’ve seen many minor penalties where a player was injured because of a series of events that came together. Watch the video, it was not violent or even that hard, and it’s something EVERY player does….they all push when a player releases the puck…all of them…this one resulted in an injury.

  9. Steve - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    From this Blackhawks’ fan perspective, Ovechkin’s hit/launch of Campbell into the boards was clearly from behind and late. It was a dirty play and Ovechkin earned a suspension.
    Maybe it is time for a rule change that requires players to (1) keep their arms unextended and (2) maintain body contact all the way to the boards for hits like these in order to reduce the likelihood of injury. If Ovechkin had followed such a rule, or used common sense, then Campbell may not be injured. Ovechkin had to race to catch Campbell and still could not get his body in contact with Campbell’s for a check. To create the body contact, Ovechkin would have put himself at risk and, possibly, would have laid off making the check in order to protect himself from injury.

  10. Yvon Labre - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Suspension, eh? Shouldn’t happen, but it will, eh? Not like the old days..no helmets, wood sticks. People got hurt, but that was the game. Looked to me like the ice was bad..and Campbell lost his edge. How was Ovie to know that a regular, everyday check would hurt the guy who couldn’t stay on his skates, eh? Hope Cooke watches his back…now that was a cheap shoy, calls for retaliation, eh?

  11. LR - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Its quickly becoming not so much about the infraction but what team you play for. If the Cooke incident was to be a “precident” as the GMs and Colin Campbell said then Ovi didn’t even deserve a penalty. Ovi pushed Campbell from the side, that fact that he took an awkward tumble into the boards was bad luck. If Ovi gets suspended then the Bruins ought to complain about Cooke getting away with a complete blind-sided head shot to Sevard which could possibly end his career for a while. The guy was unconscious on the ice and taken off on a stretcher .. how do you not find that mailicious? Oh yea, Cooke is a Penguin thats how and a repeat offender to boot and still got off scott free. That certainly says a lot for the officiating and NHL as a whole when they allow that to go unpunished.

  12. Chuckster - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    If you look at that push… if his skate doesn’t hit the divit in the ice, he doesn’t go into the boards that harsh. It was a B$ call and didn’t deserve the 5 min major or the ejection.

  13. DontUThreadOnMe - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    “Ovechkin is a great player. Kind of a one-dementional cherry picker. Crosby is a smarter and all-around more skilled player.
    Ovechkin’s hit was brutal and dirty. He is a thug on the ice, at times. Suspend his sorry @$$.”
    You kidding? 99% of crosby’s goal are from the crease. Alex runs on pure adrenaline. he knew right away that he botched that. He wasn’t hunting. anyway he got his major and the outcome of Campell’s injury should not determine if he is suspended.

  14. Christine - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    The NHL seems like they’ve been making it up as they go for a while now. There seems to be no consistency in who gets suspended. Suspending Ovechkin, but not Cooke, for their hits would just highlight that inconsistency. Chris Pronger has been getting away with horrible head hits for years. If the NHL really wants to correct this problem, they need to remove the “intent to injure” repeat offenders like Pronger and Cooke. I hope that I’m a typical fan in that I don’t want to watch a death on the ice. Campbell and Bettman need to get their acts together before goons like Pronger kill someone. Better yet, resign from your job, Gary Bettman!

  15. Heather - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    If you can see BOTH numbers and his name, the hit isn’t from behind. Not physically possible, unless you know, Ovi had a couple arms I couldn’t see.

  16. PolegoJim - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    You’ve got to be kidding me!!!! Campbell started turning, then saw Ovechkin and stopped. Ovechkin was anticipating his turn for a fair hit. O is a VERY fair player. That almost exactly hockey hit takes place in every game, every night.
    CROSBY is a panty-waist panzie would COULDN’T have made that hit in any way, shape or form.
    Ovechkin is a hockey players hockey player who simply got caught in a case of ‘mistaken anticipation’. NOTHING even remotely dirty about it.

  17. Fecteau - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    I’m amazed at how much conversation that’s going around today about the Ovechkin hit. As a Caps fan, I think he should have been penalized but suspension? It looked like a light push and Campbell lost his footing, not a dirty play like most non caps fans are talking about here.
    I’m sick of the rivalry with the Caps and Pens fans, however. At the end of the day, Crosby and Ovechkin are both cherry pickers, so how about that?
    The reality is, very few players are true complete players. Crosby gets pretty close, but he’s a Brendan Shanahan opportunistic garbage goal type guy, waiting for the puck to get to him. Like Lemieux, he does complain a lot. I’m not going to deny or admit that his or their complaints are legitimate…(I know Lemieux’s were, at least when it comes to obstruction)
    Ovechkin also gets a nod since he also hits, forechecks, and does some things that aren’t neccesarily expected of him, but can coast in the defensive position. But do you think he can keep that intensity up the entire time he’s on the ice, offense or Defense???? Even Peter Forsberg, who I grew up idolizing, was like Ovechkin; when in the defensive zone, they coast and wait for the puck to come to them. On offense, get ready for sheer electricity! If you watch every team in the NHL, you’ll probably find 3-5 guys on each roster that is one dimensional. Look at Mike Green. He’s the same, but opposite. His position is D, but he focuses a lot more intently on offense. Sometimes this leads to odd man rushes. Doesn’t make for a perfect team player…
    But when Green scores two goals and assists on a few more, and is responsible for one goal going in for the other team. that means he’s up 3 points… At the end of the day I like what he brings to the table (unlike Paul Coffey, while on my Hartford Whalers scored 3 goals but attempted to clear a puck twice and both times they went into the Whalers’ net???)
    So can we please stop trying to figure out who’s the better overall player, or whatever is going on here? Crosby and Ovechkin are going to be the next Gretzky/Lemieux combo, a combo which is a necessity in order for the NHL to rise as a sport of choice in the United States. Lets get excited that both of them play in the US and not in Canada or the KHL… Can’t we focus on the greater good? That being we have a great rest of the year, no more serious injuries, and of course, a great Stanley Cup Playoff season!
    Go CAPS!!!
    Go Caps!

  18. Rob Selby - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    You Ovechkin defenders are delusional and retarded. You are all cavemen. Do all the homes in the Washington D.C. area still have bars on them?
    Crosby has already got a cup and a gold medal. What do you punks have?
    And, Milbury, if you are reading these posts, suck my ass, you S.O.B.

  19. Andy - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Since no one bothered to read the rules before posting here, so lets be clear things up:
    – there is NO SUCH THING as a double minor for boarding.
    – With a boarding injury, the correct call is a major penalty.
    – If that injury is to the head, a game misconduct is automatic.
    – A player with 2 game misconducts in the same season for physical fouls is to be suspended for 1 game.
    If he would have used his shoulder instead of his hands, this wouldn’t be an issue. Whats worse is that he and his coach don’t offer any apology to the other guy, just downplays ending his season.

  20. Guitar Dude - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Kind of hard to be pushing from behind is you hands are on the player’s numbers on the back of their jersey.

  21. Tony - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Holy mother of God if Ovie gets suspended for this when Cooke gets off scott-free for his thai boxing-style elbow to Savard’s head (which left him twitching unconscious on the ice) then we must obviously assume there is some SERIOUS bias at play in the NHL front office. The entire integrity of this league has been in question for some time, the last thing they need is more DIRECT EVIDENCE of a major anti-european stance.

  22. GLD - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Ovi, by all accounts is a TRUE HOCKEY PLAYER that needs no explanation.
    Something that has not been mentioned here. When Campbell hit the ice and boards, Ovi was also falling. Ovi made every attempt not to slam his knees into Campbell. As a matter a fact, Ovi risked going into the boards and landing awkwardly.
    Something else. Campbell pre fall (lost edge) torqued him over and he actually hit the boards more with a shoulder and back.
    This was not the dangerous from behind Cross-check the sends a player into the boards HEAD FIRST risking a players NECK.
    The penalty at best should have been roughing (2 min minor).
    That Ovi was assessed a Major and then a Game Misconduct was just flat out wrong. Ovi did not target the head. Nor was there any on ice indication that an injury occurred to the head or face.
    Something the rules say a ref can assess a Game Misconduct for.
    Teams CRY, the League placates.
    The Officials for a long time now, have increased their role in how a game plays out. Something that was obviously absent during the Olympics (and it made watching them so much better than in past years). Anyone who has watched hockey consistently knows this to be true.
    I feel bad whenever a player is injured.
    That said, punishing a player excessively for causing an un-intentional injury is wrong and the League should worry less about a TEAMS WHINING and do more to protect the on ice integrity of the game.

  23. Tony - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    i’m betting crosby could take off a skate and cut off ovechkin’s head with it and only get a 2 minute minor for slashing.

  24. Anne - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    I love Alex. I love the Caps. But that was a hit from behind into the boards and deserved the match penalty. He’s done similar stupid things before, so deserves a two-game suspension based on that alone. Bringing Campbell’s injury into it is not how the league has handled these things (ostensibly) in the past. Granted that there is little consistency between incidents, there can at least be consistency in the procedure. Otherwise, like someone else said, it looks like they’re making it up as they go along.

  25. Fred - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Pretty damning pict:
    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/11/2010/03/cf2fcd95379dae724dc2c99a8431f85b/original.jpg

  26. john galt - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    These lame brains that hit from behind should be forced to take physics classes during their suspensions. It is obvious that they are studying cartoons on those long plane rides and it has given them a sense that, like the Looney Tunes Coyote, hockey players can be driven face first into an immovable object at high speed and just bounce right up and keep on playing like nothing happened.

  27. Richard Hobbs - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    I watched the hit and it looks worse if you don’t like the style of ovechkins play . he’s a bit of pest and cheap shot artist for such a skilled player .If you like the guy you are outraged. I find that elite players in any sport should take pains to avoid the kind of scrutiny that goes along with making poor decisions . Big Ben is an example of poor judgenment so is Plaxico so is Vick , so is bertuzzi for the same reason as ovechkin, what makes it more tragic is that tehse guys don’t need to do it .
    I also don’t beleive the speed of the game issue, or the playing hard at the game issue, or the we have to define the rules so guys know what a hit is issue that evryone hides behind when the know they are offside .

  28. Fecteau - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Rob Selby,
    You’re really going to bring up the Gold Medal? I’ve never seen anyone say, hey, look at us Penguins fans, we had a guy on the Gold medal team. Yeah, so did 15-16 other NHL teams!!!! you idolize a guy who can’t even keep track of his sporting equipment. And we Caps fans are the retards?… Let me ask you this, do you like turtles???
    You mustn’t have seen my earlier comment. Or you chose to ignore it… (probably the latter)
    You know, everyone was ready for Crosby to bring home the gold. He chipped in one goal in the entire Olympics; it just so happened to be an important one. You know Iginla and Nash were the real stars on that team the entire Olympics so you might want to hush up on that…
    Crosby has a Cup? I figured he didn’t have the neccessary tools to wear a cup… The sissy. I’m sure if Ovechkin had the babying that Crosby has has with Lemieux he’d have 8 Cups already (see, I have to talk illogically to these Pens fans, as Ovi’s only been in the league 5 years!)
    Oh, and its fine, (I guess) to look strictly at the past to figure out what’s presently going on, but just so I know, how many wins do the Penguins have in the two games against the Caps this year??? (here’s a hint, it stars with a z and end in a ERO! I know, I was at game two in DC, where y’all took a lead and Ovi came back with a hat trick!) I’m sure everyone has been so impressed that the Pens barely beat the Caps last year and they had some pretty solid rental players, but lets see how that turns out for you this year.

  29. talontbo - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Also, just to add this last bit.
    For those donkeys that keep insisting Ovi’s hands were on Campbell’s back.
    This is a flat out distortion.
    Ovi’s hands were in fact tuck into Campbells left side and under the arm. This actually appears to have help roll Campbell over and prevent him from going head first. Ovi never actaully makes a direct pushing motion.
    Campbell also looks as though he LIFTED his right skate allowing his weight to be shifted without support and this looks more like the true cause of the crash.

  30. Fecteau - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Tony, it might be also a team stance too. Those Pens have been in the final for two years, and the Caps are just the team to beat up on in the East. See all notes above… Most hockey fans are thowing Ovi to the wolves here…

  31. jigelow - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Full disclosure: I’m a Hawks fan.
    Ovechkin is a passionate player. Define that as you will. I see him as someone who is on the ice, and isn’t thinking of maliciously injuring people, but he will hit people to make them hurt. Make them remember he’s coming. His hit on Campbell was a cheap shot. But I don’t see it as malicious. He knew what part of the ice they were on, he knew Campbell was showing his back. He wasn’t trying to put Campbell out, but he did want to put him in the boards. Unfortunately, since both skaters are quite fast, any pressure is greatly exaggerated. I would’ve liked to seen him play yesterday. I think he’s an amazing player. I like that he plays physical. I just see some of his behaviour similar to a toddler that gets to riled up and starts hitting his mates.

  32. Fred - Mar 15, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Hmm, how about that shoulder in the back giving a pushing/shoving motion towards the boards from many feet out:
    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/11/2010/03/cf2fcd95379dae724dc2c99a8431f85b/original.jpg
    It tis a boarding penalty regardless of hit or push. It tis a dangerous play, that Ovie had enough time to not make.
    Bottom line, no reason for Ovie to make that play, but I think the correct penalties were called by the zebras, and quite frankly I do not think Ovie will be suspened. But still not reason for him to have made that play.

  33. Brandon Worley - Mar 15, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    I love how you guys keep using the Gawker pic, here on PHT, where that picture originated.
    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/assets_c/2010/03/hit%20from%20behind-7203.php

  34. Tony - Mar 15, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    I think that’s a very fair assessment. As a caps fan, I really don’t like it when Ovie makes plays like this. Boarding call yes, suspension no.

  35. cc - Mar 15, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    shocker, of course you would think that, you are a hawk fan, too bad your sorry as team blew a 3-0 lead and the caps won anyway

  36. Ras - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    LOL Crosby is the definition of Cherry Picker.

  37. talontbo - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/assets_c/2010/03/hit%20from%20behind-7203.php
    The angle of this picture distorts what really happened. It also fails to show the location of Ovi’s hands. Which are NOT ON THE BACK, but are in fact holding his stick and are up under Capmbells left arm.
    Rotate the ANGLE 15 degree counter clockwise and you could make a case the Ovi was trying to get some nooky…
    NHL.com has the video, in regular speed and slow motion, from the corner.
    If you can’t honestly view the video, render a clear opinion and come away either for or against the severity of then I guess you need distorted screen caps.
    Campbell was engaged before the Goal Line, the check was finished 4-5 feet from the boards.
    At the moment Ovi engaged Campbell, Campbells right knees appears to buckle or he in facts lifts his right skate. No way could he hold his line without outside skate support. He keeps his skate down, then it is simply a rubout along the end boards and no harm no foul.

  38. wowo21 - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Bottom line is he deserved the penatly and possibly a two game suspension. It wasn’t intentional but Ovi has a history of just doing stupid things. As a long time Caps fan I have to admit it. And for all you Pens fans, how can you compare Cindy Crosby to Ovi??? Both good players but Ovi is by far the most complete of the two.

  39. djsbadger - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    So the picture actually distorts where the hit came from? It appears there are a lot of idiot CAP fans for which Ovie can do no wrong. Maybe one of you geniuses can explain the distortion of the puck not even in the picture frame. Last time I checked, you can’t check players without the puck, and the pass was made well before the hit which is one of the reasons Cambell was not ready for it.

  40. CAPSFAN - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Ovi’s hit was not dirty it was a typical hustle play like Ovi makes all of time. The fact is for the other players injuries to determine whether or not there will be a suspension or the length of that suspension is pure garbage. The NHL has been ranting for years about these types of hits and vicious blue line hits and fighting but nothing has ever been done. Now you have a superstar player who was attempting to make the same kind of play he makes every night and now the NHL is trying to sacrifice the Capitals post season. If you truly want to address these types of hits come up with a clear and concise penalty and punishment policy and advise the players on what type of hits the officals and league are going to be considering for punishment. The NFL is one of the most worthless leagues when it comes to this type stuff, football is an inherently violent sport and they fine and punish their players for simply playing the game hard. Hockey is better than football in my opinion but it is physical as well and the league is full of hard hitters and I don’t want to see the NHL go the route of the NFL and fine and suspend their players just for playing the game hard.

  41. Anonymous - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Where is the puck? Simple enough question, yet its not even visible in the picture.

  42. talontbo - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Hey djsbadger
    Your one of those Forum Posters that just refuses to watch video replays aren’t you.
    The time clock is in the video.
    Ovi begins lining up the check while Campbell has the puck. As Ovi comes in, Campbell drops the puck back to his right and into the boards. Less than 1 second later Ovi is engaged. LESS THAN 1 SECOND. Initiating a check is completely legal in this case.
    The NHL SUSPENDS FOR 2 GAMES Ovi not because they think Ovi was wrong, but simply to placate Chicago. Which by the way, is my favorite team in the West. I would dearly love to see Chicago and Washington in the Finals… its a WIN WIN for me.
    It is quite obvious we have very few objective Hockey Fans posting here.

  43. Fred - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    how about this shots which are from the side angle along the goal line (and in order of play development):
    http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/2223/62552821.jpg
    http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/5891/61372534.jpg
    http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/3723/94541962.jpg
    http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/6683/35612193.jpg
    perhaps that skate buckled from the shove….

  44. Sav - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Good to know Damien Cox feel for Colin Campbell.
    Not Brian Campbell who has a broken clavicle and ribs and is done for the year, but that Colin has it bad.

  45. RedBO - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Ovechkin didn’t start playing hockey two weeks ago. He knows as well as any other seasoned player what happens when you push someone in that position. It’s a well known fact that this is the usual result when you’re that vulnerable. Ovechkin’s style is dirty on and off the ice. It is proven and documented on both sides. He feels that because he is such a huge talent, he is without rules. Most russian athletes carry this attitude (plushenko’s platinum medal!)because they are trained to be that way. It’s just unfortunate that a certain few come to the U.S. and won’t conform to our organized rules. Make an example of him and hopefully make him think twice about putting someone’s career in jeopardy by compromising his.

  46. RedBO - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Ovechkin didn’t start playing hockey two weeks ago. He knows as well as any other seasoned player what happens when you push someone in that position. It’s a well known fact that this is the usual result when you’re that vulnerable. Ovechkin’s style is dirty on and off the ice. It is proven and documented on both sides. He feels that because he is such a huge talent, he is without rules. Most russian athletes carry this attitude (plushenko’s platinum medal!)because they are trained to be that way. It’s just unfortunate that a certain few come to the U.S. and won’t conform to our organized rules. Make an example of him and hopefully make him think twice about putting someone’s career in jeopardy by compromising his.

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