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Dany Heatley disagrees with suspension, mocks Steve Ott’s newfound ‘halo’

Mar 17, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

Dany Heatley AP

At this point, if you’ve been following suspension rulings during this season, you should know the drill. Player A nails Player B with a check that is clearly against the rules, although it’s nothing out of the ordinary in a league in which this stuff happens all the time. Player B expresses outrage that may or may not seem hypocritical considering his own checkered past. Finally, Player A expresses disbelief regarding the penalty or controversy regarding said hit.

So it should come as no surprise that Dany Heatley (Player A) disagrees with the two-game suspension he received for elbowing Steve Ott (Player B).

Not only did Heatley tell assembled media members that he didn’t think he caught Ott in the head (he said that he believes he caught Ott’s shoulder), he also became the latest professional hockey player to opt for the “pot calling the kettle black” route. CSN California’s Brodie Brazil has the story, including this quote.

Heatley on Ott: “I’m not going to get into a war of words with him. He’s had his fair share of suspensions in the league so for him, all of a sudden to have a halo on his head is kinda funny”

In case you’re wondering what Ott actually said, here’s his comments, also via CSN California.

As I mentioned before, it seems like a lot of hockey people are citing hypocrisy, sometimes to deflect the obvious wrongs they have committed. The bottom line is that Heatley deserved a suspension for the hit – many think that he should have gotten at least another game, especially with the GM meetings focusing on questionable hits – so the Kindergarten-grade “He started it” excuse isn’t going to fly.

  1. tommytd - Mar 17, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    News flash Mr. Heatley! It matters not what YOU think…the only thing that matters is what the refs think. You were whistled for what you did and now you’re gonna sit and you’re going to hurt your team. Not too much high quality thought process going on above the neck there Danny boy…better rethink the cheap shots next time! Another news flash for you…the whole world is watching for head shots now…GET A GRIP – PLAY HOCKEY.

  2. bigbear42 - Mar 17, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Its pretty well known that Dany Heatley is a jerk and has been for some time. Its too bad though because he is a tremendously talented player.

  3. jpelle82 - Mar 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    heatley has a bad dirty history when it comes to decision making…people seem to have forgotten that he KILLED a teammate not too long ago. dirtbag

  4. dartman171 - Mar 18, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    All of you make excellent points. The league and it’s officials need to be more consistent though. The Sharks are without Wallin because he was Boarded by Langenbruner with no call. Ott went back to bench and played the rest of the game Wallin did not, he is still out due to injury. Last time the Stars were in San Jose, Heatley was checked to the ice away from the play of the puck with no call 2 times. Another time during a face-off change before a face-off, when play was already stopped. WTH. Be consistent, that’s what I ask. Heatley’s reputation does precede him, as does Ott’s and Avery’s. Both the aforementioned have had thier share of questionable hits. Heatley’s elbow barely landed on Ott and when you look at the video from different angles you can clearly see that Heatley was nearly past and not even looking in Ott’s direction. I think Ott embellished a little. Either way, consistently calling games is the way to stop the headshots and bad hits.

  5. siggy00 - Mar 22, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    This clown should have been thrown out of the league after he killed his teammate.

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