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Colorado’s Kobasew fined $2,500 for tripping Hamhuis

Feb 6, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

Chuck Kobasew

Colorado Avalanche forward Chuck Kobasew has been fined $2,500 for tripping Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis on an icing call during Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss in Denver.

The incident occurred with just under six minutes remaining in the second period, with Kobasew receiving a two-minute tripping minor on the play. The $2,500 in fine money is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement and will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Finally: If anybody out there has any (and I mean any) info related to this play, post it in the comments section. I couldn’t find video or quotes or even a game recap mention of the trip. It’s like it doesn’t exist (beyond the fact it hit Kobasew in the wallet.)

  1. bigtganks - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Good. That was bush league, racing down on the icing and could have shattered Hamhuis’ ankles.

    On a broader note, I wish the NHL would to an extent eliminate the touch up icing so things like this can’t happen.

    • bigtganks - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Just read the whole thing. Hamhuis was if I recall, a sticks length ahead of Kobasew, and as he’s approaching the boards and turning pivot and stop (like you would on skis. Well, Kobasew basically pushed his skate forward and Hamhuis’ skates could have easily buckled with his ankles. At that moment, Hamhuis was ready to rip his head off and was trying to throw the ref outta the way to get to him because it WAS dangerous. Of course Peter McNab thought it was him just reaching for the puck trying to beat him on the touch up. (which it clearly wasn’t)

  2. michiganhockey11 - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    So were they racing to the puck for an icing and whoever was trailing tripped the whoever was in the lead to get there first?

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