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Curtis Glencross produces the latest sickening hit on Clayton Stoner; Suspension on the way?

Jan 20, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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It’s another day, another sickening hit that makes you wonder how the culture of taking liberties with opponents will ever be altered.

Wednesday’s suspension-worthy hit du jour featured Calgary Flames forward Curtis Glencross boarding Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner. This hit seems like a more severe twin to the hit Alex Ovechkin delivered on Brian Campbell last season, which earned Ovechkin a suspension and put Soupy on the shelf for quite some time.

Much like Stoner’s defenselessness during the play, there’s no defending Glencross for this hit. It was unnecessary.

Michael Russo points out that Stoner seemed OK despite seemingly hurting his shoulder, although Russo also reminds us that symptoms can show up after the fact. The NHL seems to base the severity of his disciplinary punishments on how injured a victim ends up, which is pretty unfortunate because hits like these need to stop. (Still, it’s good to know that Stoner shouldn’t miss too much time.)

We’ll keep an eye on the situation, as Glencross has a suspension in his past (a three-game punishment in November 2009). You can check out the video below to decide for yourself whether he deserves to be suspended or not.

  1. sknut - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    James,

    Its Clayton Stoner, not Curtis.

    • James O'Brien - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      Fixed it, thanks.

  2. gopetesgo - Jan 21, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t agree a suspension is warranted here. Stoner puts the brakes on to get position and sticks his backside into Glencross, even before the goal line. What is Glencross supposed to do? He has to push back a little. He didn’t put any huge force into the hit. Stoner lost his footing. This kind of play happens ALL the time and nothing happens and these talking heads make no reference to it. No doubt you need to be respectful to opponents but it’s not like this was 2 feet from the wall. Let’s not get too crazy – hitting is part of the game.

  3. katyhockeymom - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    I often tell my 8-year-old son that the rules in hockey are there largely to keep people from getting hurt: no tripping, no slashing, no boarding, no spearing, no cross-checking… These are actions that can foreseeably result in injury; therefore, they are against the rules. Legal hitting is part of the game because it can change the outcome of a play, typically by the loss or gain of puck control. This hit added nothing to the game and did not change the outcome of the play; its only purpose was to hurt Stoner. It was a mean-spirited, cowardly display of poor sportsmanship, not a hockey hit. If you have something to prove, drop the gloves and fight like a man. Knocking a defenseless player head-first into the boards can sideline him for months with an injury or even end his career. These dirty hits are detrimental to our sport in every way and offenders should be fined and punished.

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