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Jackets GM Howson defends Jenner’s controversial hit

Dec 24, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

Columbus GM Scott Howson has jumped to the defense of prized prospect Boone Jenner.

“It was not a malicious hit,” Howson said of the check Jenner put on Swedish defenseman Jesper Pettersson, now out of the WJC tourney with a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist.

“It was a little late.”

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Jenner was assessed a five-minute charging major and game misconduct for the hit, which was also defended by Canadian head coach Steve Spott.

Ultimately, our feeling is [the hit] was shoulder-to-shoulder,” Spott said. “If anything, maybe interference or a charge but definitely not something that’s worth suspending, because although Boone is an aggressive player, he didn’t target anybody’s head and he didn’t leave his feet.”

The hit will reportedly be reviewed by the IIHF on Monday with a ruling coming by Tuesday.

It’ll be interesting to see if Jenner’s reputation plays a role any upcoming decision. This is his second disciplinary incident in as many years — at the 2011 tourney, he was was suspended for the bronze medal game after spearing a Russian player in a semifinal loss.

It should also be noted that Team Sweden GM Tommy Boustedt was livid following the Pettersson hit, saying Jenner’s intent was to injure.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    He’s exactly right. Mark this day down as that’s a first for Howson.

    The fact that the Swede insisted on being stretchered off because his shoulder was hurt is a joke. I hope Jenner doesn’t get suspended, but that guy’s Oscar-calibre performance sure won’t help his cause.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Dislocated shoulder, broken wrist. Yeah, I guess he was just faking it all. Howson is almost as big an ass as Jenner. The hit was late, thus making it malicious. The Swede was in a vulnerable position and Jenner made no attempt to abort. The puck was long gone when Jenner made his dirt-bag play.

      And Spott is an enabler by trying to defend a hit that he would be screaming about if it had happened to one of his players. Spott’s quotes are ludicrous. “Gee, Jenner drilled him after he’d already passed the puck and wasn’t expecting it, but my guy didn’t go after his head or leave his feet, so why should he get tossed?” Hard to believe that idiot is a coach.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        How many times have you seen guys (including kids) take a hit like that or harder and skate off under their own power? If it’s an upper body injury below the neck you can take some time to get your breath back but you can sure as hell get up and skate off after that. Get a teammate to help you if you really need it. But getting on a stretcher? Gimme a break. This isn’t soccer.

  2. valoisvipers - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    That was a late hit.

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