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Report: Jamie McGinn to have hearing with NHL over his hit on Aaron Rome

May 21, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

Aaron Rome AP

Last night’s Canucks-Sharks Game 3 nearly took a turn for the worse for San Jose thanks to a careless boarding major taken by fourth line forward Jamie McGinn. McGinn took a run at Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome as Rome was facing the boards. McGinn crashed into Rome and put him down on the ice and bleeding. McGinn was given a five minute major for boarding and assessed a game misconduct.

As with most nasty hits in the NHL, especially in the playoffs, the NHL is taking a closer look at things. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL has scheduled a phone hearing with McGinn to possibly levy a suspension against him for the hit.

McGinn’s penalty led to the Canucks scoring twice on the major power play and changing the game from a dominating 4-1 Sharks lead to a perilous 4-3 advantage with just under four minutes left to play. While the Sharks hung on to win, you’d have to think that whether the league suspends McGinn or not we probably won’t see him suiting up for Game 4. Of course, that could mean we see the return of Game 2 pariah Ben Eager.

  1. fresh0water - May 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    That hit was TYPICAL of 99% of hits. Just look at all the play with a player going back to retrieve a puck and the opposing player riding/slamming the puck retriever into the boards! (Face to back). McGinn’s hands never rose above sternum height!

    I don’t think should have been a minor penalty in the first place.

  2. trigdaddy - May 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    He should miss as much time as Rome will. Therefore, if Rome plays game 4, no suspension.

    • southsko - May 21, 2011 at 7:19 PM

      agreed if it was a bad hit, but now your just being a fag

  3. fresh0water - May 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    If there was a 5 minute major required was just a few minutes earlier on Aaron Rome cross check on (SJ) player. He was crouched down/skating and Rome cross checked (SJ) player head first into the boards.
    A. Just because (SJ) player didn’t break his neck or had blood the Ref. let it slide. This deserved a major and NHL suspension.
    B. The Refs. are responsible for letting VC get away with so many dangerous hits.

    Above is a comment I made on another story. At the time I didn’t realize/put together it was Rome who cross checked (head first) into the boards (NOT THE GLASS) the SJ player. I didn’t catch who the SJ player was. I don’t want to say Rome got what he deserved, the REFs made this happen for letting VC pull so many dirty hits!

  4. junk73181 - May 21, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    It was decently clean hit. He hit him on the shoulder. No suspension required. The call on the ice was a bit much too.

  5. Sad, but True - May 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Whatever you may think about the hit on Aaron Rome, it really looks like the Sharks are deliberately going out and trying to injure the opposition’s players. Considering coach McLelland’s comments re: Ben Eager after game 2 shouldn’t the league be looking at SERIOUS sanctions against McLelland? Eager looked like he was trying to take Daniel Sedin out of the playoffs, and could have ended his career.

    This isn’t just against the NHL’s stated policy of trying to protect players, it is criminal assault. At the very least McLelland should face a fine equal or greater than a year’s salary and be barred from the league for life. For that matter the Vancouver Crown Counsel and the San Jose DA should be involved. This isn’t hockey, it’s organized crime.

    • dreadpiratesteve - May 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      And the reward for the stupidest comment I’ve ever read goes to…..

      This Guy!!!

  6. dreadpiratesteve - May 21, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    This was not penalty. Pure and simple. It was a perfectly legal hit in every definition. McGinn did not leave his feet. Did not take extra strides. Did not raise his arms. Did not go high or target the head in any way. Did not hit across the numbers.

    This is simply a matter of an overreaction to a play because the player got hurt. Boo Hoo. This is a contact sport. If anyone is to blame it is the officials for making the play seem worse than it was by awarding the Canucks a ridiculous 5 min major for a perfectly legal hit. But that is just yet another example of the atrocious officiating we have seen all through these playoffs. The refs have too much power to make “judgement” calls and they are simply not held accountable enough when they screw the pooch.

  7. sharks408 - May 21, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    There have been alot of no calls for Vancouver, they have been very fortunate. I guess if you lose for 40 years you get seniority on calls

    • dreadpiratesteve - May 21, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      A LOT of no calls…

  8. polegojim - May 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Now this constitutes Shark fan whining!!! Steve – it’s unlike you!

    But seriously folks, I like on ice justice-McGinn got the hip check. He’ll skate wtih his head up now too.

  9. dreadpiratesteve - May 25, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Jim, go back and look at the message boards during the Det/SJ series if you want to see whining. Wings fans didn’t do themselves proud there…

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