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Bobby Ryan could face suspension for ‘stomp’ on Jonathan Blum

Apr 16, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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If you watch hockey for long periods of time, there might be moments when you almost forget that these guys are skating around on razor-sharp blades. The deft skating skills of NHL players can be downright transfixing, but every once in a while, there’s a sobering reminder that skates can be used on an opponent (consciously or not).

Bobby Ryan scored two goals in a big Game 2 win for the Anaheim Ducks last night, but one foolish action will force him to have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL that could end up with a suspension. TSN reports that he will face that hearing after stomping his skate onto Jonathan Blum’s foot while fighting for a puck late in the third period.

(For video of the stomp, click here. On the Forecheck also has an isolated “GIF” of the stomp.)

There are two major precedents when it comes to players being suspended for stomping motions. Chris Pronger received an eight-game suspension for stomping on Ryan Kesler during his Ducks days (is there something in that pond water?) while Chris Simon was hit with a whopping 30-game suspension for his transgression.

Ryan isn’t likely to face as severe as a punishment for three reasons: he’s not a repeat offender, it was a battle for the puck instead of away-from-the-game shenanigans and playoff games are obviously more important than regular season contests.

Still, it wouldn’t be surprising if the league handed out some kind of fine and/or suspension to discourage players from using their skates so inappropriately. It really didn’t seem like Ryan needed to do that and it wasn’t a moment that could really be blamed on the blinding speed of the game.

What do you think? Should Ryan get nothing, a one-game suspension or even face the possibility of a first round ban? Let us know in the comments. We’ll inform you once the league makes a verdict.

  1. cooperluck - Apr 16, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Are you kidding? Here I was primed for some “intentional stomping motion” and all you see is his foot brush over the other player’s skate in a corner scrum! I don’t even care about this series, but let them play hockey – geez!

  2. derpdederpdederp - Apr 16, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    seriously? if theres even talk of a suspension then those people have forgotten this is hockey. the fact that you can barely see it happening shows how minuscule it is. focus on bad hits, dont waste time with this bs

  3. kenchambers - Apr 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    For those of you fans that like to see games won at any cost.
    I am a Canadian. This type of action is not tolerated at any level in this sport in our country. There is such a thing as honor, respect and integrity. It does not change on the importance of a game. He should be fined and/or suspended just for the lack of respect for his fellow player.
    A cut on the top of the foot could end a career.

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