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Should Niklas Hjalmarsson be suspended for his hit on Jason Pominville?

Oct 12, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

Jason Pominville

In case you haven’t heard, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was ejected from tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres after driving a prone Jason Pominville into the boards. As we noted earlier, Pominville left the ice on a stretcher and was diagnosed with a concussion, but also showed signs of consciousness and did not need to go to the hospital.

While I would lean toward not suspending Hjalmarsson, I want to hear what you all think. First, take a look at the hit itself, by clicking on this link to the video from

OK, now that you’ve “reviewed the tape,” what do you think? Should Hjalmarsson receive a suspension? If so, for how long? Vote in the poll below.

  1. ovi8 - Oct 12, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Yes to me that looked like a cheap shot with the shoulder witch are not allowed anymore. But, how did Pominville get a concussion didn’t the NHL make an inch more foam on the shoulder pads.

  2. Hackett - Oct 12, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    IMO it wasn’t a “clean” hit, as defined by the new rules, but it definitely wasn’t malicious. That said, like with high-sticking calls, whether intentional or not, each player must be held accountable for his play on the ice. They will hopefully take into account the character and clean history of Hjalmarsson when making their assessment, and he should hopefully not miss more than 1-2 games. And all this coming from a Hawks fan… (By the way, digging the new layout.)

    • balewsquare - Oct 12, 2010 at 4:40 PM

      I, also a Blackhawks fan, agree with Hackett. Didn’t look to be intentionally hurtful, but it still needs to be punished, especially with the new focus on these rules. Just hope the NHL doesn’t try to make an example with the first case and over-suspend him.

  3. dkuczaj - Oct 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Absolutely should be a suspension. Right in the numbers, could have been called charging, boarding, whatever you want to call it. Dirty hit… much more dangerous than many of the controversial hits we’ve seen lately.

  4. metalpro11 - Oct 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    That was as bad a hit as any,it was not even close to legal—look on You-Tube for more of his headhunting hits-its not the first DIRTY HIT he has givin.The NHL should make the the punishment fit the crime—Pominville misses 1 month– so should Hjalmarsson-if he misses the season–so should Hjalmarsson.Thats the only way to end this crap on the ice,I love hockey and good hard hitting,but these type of players should not be allowed on the ice.If they face that kind of justice —NOBODY—will take head shots at other players.

    • balewsquare - Oct 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

      Sounds crazy, but that would put an end to all this, though that rule change would never happen. Players need to respect each other. You can’t just enforce it now either. Such a big change would require previous notice, though that would drastically reduce dirty hits.

  5. balewsquare - Oct 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Now that I look again, I think he deserves more time because Pominville never got to touch the puck. While that doesn’t represent malicious intent as it’s a timing play, it should be suspended.

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