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Flyers’ Zolnierczyk ‘disgusted’ by disciplinary hearing, suspension

Mar 4, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

Harry Zolnierczyk , Mike Lundin, Zac Rinaldo,  Peter Regin AP

Philadelphia Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk blasted the NHL’s disciplinary committee on Monday, one day after being suspended four games for a hit that concussed Ottawa forward Mike Lundin.

“I’m kinda disgusted with the hearing there,” Zolnierczyk told CSN Philadephia. “I just tried to deliver a hard hit and I apologized I got his head and that he was injured.

“I wish him the best. I hope he gets back soon.”

Zolnierczyk, 25, was given the four-game ban after a Sunday hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The hit earned him a five-minute charging major and game misconduct — the second time he’d been tossed in as many games.

The Brown University product said it wasn’t his intent to deliver a head shot on Lundin, and suggested his hit wouldn’t have been as severely punished in previous seasons.

“That is where we are right now in hockey,” Zolnierczyk said. “You can say years ago maybe it wasn’t a penalty, but right now, that is what we’re calling.

“That’s the way it is and that is the league’s decision. I gotta live with it now.”

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    “The Brown University product said it wasn’t his intent to deliver a head shot on Lundin,…”

    Then why jump into the guy? Stay on your feet and hit the midsection/chest…the video shows exactly what he did…and be left his feet for the hit. Bottom line, sorry or not, it was a reckless play where he delivered an illegal hit. 4 games well deserved.

    • flyeredup202 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Oh Harry Z… your a F-ing Liar….

      Die Hard Flyers fan…

  2. DTF31 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I have a hard time believing that you don’t intend to hit a guy high when you leave your feet. Those 2 things don’t go together.

  3. dolphincult - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Look on the bright side Z, you can stay home and rewatch all your underage home pornos from the BCHL days

    • holeecowman - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      must be a pens fan living in the past.

      • dolphincult - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        no actualy i live in the town where Harry commited some disgusting acts as a junior and I still to this day cant believe any nhl team would want this dirtbag on their roster

      • dolphincult - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        and yes he is a convicted criminal

      • Eberwizzle - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        “Zolnierczyk was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge on June 6, 2008. Following the completion of his three-year sentence, Zolnierczyk was left with no permanent criminal record.”

        -That’s not a convicted criminal.

      • basedrum777 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Sorry but that’s a convicted felon. Pleading out doesn’t change the guilty verdict…

  4. barkar942 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Scott Stevens would have not liked today’s rules either, but I am sure that Eric Lindros would.

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      One thing about Scott Stevens, he may have picked up a few rule 48 penalties in today’s NHL, but he still never left his feet when delivering a check.

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Hey, come on….he apologized. That more than makes up for the future headaches and other concussion symptoms that Lundin may feel.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      PS: He is also disgusted at the spelling of “disciplinary” in your headline

  6. thesportsjudge - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    “Disgust” and Philadelphia in the same sentence seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?

  7. holeecowman - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    this wouldve never happen if it were the leagues precious little penguins ie malkin, crosby, cooke. if they deliverd such a hit they wouldve been praised. what about alfies 2 crosschecks to rinaldos face??? i belive it shouldve been at least 2 games for it but not 4. just another example of hot the leagues has its picks. fyi to the league hitting will always be apart of the sport. he had his head down and got nailed. so what he should be fined for playing unresponsibly ie head was down something they teach you in peewees right. and you cant do that. lol what a joke this league is. yes he did leave his feet at the last possible millisecond before the hit. shanahan is a joke he is as incosistant as a pens fan. lol

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      He’s been tossed from two games straight and shows all the signs of a guy that has more of an intent to go out and injure than to play the puck.

      In 6 games, the guy’s got 36 PIMs…which means if this were a normal season and he played every game, he’d be on track for 492 PIMs…I believe it’s Shanahan’s job to make sure he doesn’t see an 82 game season. Hopefully ever. He’s trash, and his track record, even with the law, proves it.

      • themohel - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        Agreed, Withdrawal. There will be guys like this in the league until coaches and teams are punished, too. Until then all this suspension stuff is just public relations talk. If you really care about player safety, then go after the people that put them in place.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Just an fyi the misconduct against Washington was rescinded. Even Adam Oates agreed he shouldn’t have been kicked out. I will in no way defend the hit on Lundin, but the Washington hit shouldn’t factor into the equation. The kid played something like 37 games last season and wasn’t toeing the line at all. For some reason this year he’s been trying to knock people out. But he does nothing for me so I honestly wouldn’t care if he never played another game in a Flyers uniform.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      you’re making the fans of whatever team you’re a fan of look bad…. and I’m pretty sure it’s the team I’m a fan of.

    • flyeredup202 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      I agree with you to a point, you leave your feet 4 game is a min…. you skate with your head down your begging for it…. Look at a prime example in philly, Lindros! The man could not skate with his head up and he paid the price for it… But if you leave the feet you should be fined and suspended. You can clean hit someone and not leave your feet…… Example Giroux on Cindy…. CLEANED HIS CLOCK….

      • pens5829 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Cindy’s got 34 points in 22 games. What’s Claudia have? Or are his wrists still too sore? WHAAAAA!!!!!

      • flyeredup202 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        sad part is you girls are only a few points up on a team riddled with injuries….. We will see you soon enough… Just making my point that you skate head down the hit can still be clean… No need to head hunt… Pens fans would not understand….

      • 2jivecrew - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        Having your head down is not a license to go head hunting……and never has been. A check is about separating the puck carrier from the puck, not the puck carrier’s head from his shoulders.

        And LOL at Philthy fans reveling in small time victories over the Pens. It’s all they have. They haven’t won anything that counts since the Gerald Ford administration. Blow their load trying to beat the Pens and then go out and get embarrassed by Florida because they had nothing left. Blow their load trying to beat the pens in the playoffs only to turn around and get humiliated by New Jersey in the very next round.

    • dolphincult - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      are you retarded cowman? get off the pens already. this douchebag is a repeat offender on and off the ice.

    • basedrum777 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      I love how the penguins have absolutely nothing to do with this story nor the suspension history of anyone involved and yet you have such cock envy that you have to bring them.
      How about this: the next time crosby or malkin or cooke leave their feet for a hit you can lobby the NHL to have them suspended. If the Flyers weren’t full of such knuckledraggers and dirty players they wouldn’t get such attention huh? Well how about you try to fill your team with quality human beings and this type of stuff won’t happen. OR conversely you can just try hard not to lay flying shoulder block wrestling moves when playing hockey and you’ll stay out of the disciplinary office. Dick.

  8. bcisleman - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Didn’t see the video but from the pic, it looks justified. Back in the day, Denis Potvin was not only a prolific scorer. He was also one of the most feared hitters in the game. Cross his blueline with your head down and you would be sure never to make that mistake again.

    Thing is, I don’t remember him leaving his feet to make a hit. For one thing, if you miss, you are in big trouble defensively. No, he kept his feet on the ice and carefully set the player up before delivering a devastating open ice hip check.

    Bottom line: you can deliver tough hits without being stupid about it. And HZ best be careful he doesn’t have to open his wallet again. Keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut would be good advice.

  9. holeecowman - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    hes sorry that the guy had his head down thats about it, something you just dont do taught in peewees and through the careers of these players and still doesnt get, hope he learns from his stupidity keep your head up.

    • bgrillz - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Well, if his head was down, he must be Chara tall, because he had to leave his feet to deliver a blow to the head. Once, sure, accident. Twice in 2 games, yeah, don’t thinks so.

    • dolphincult - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      this coming from a guy who probably skates with a pylon in his hands. Head down doesnt mean open season. you are also taught respect in peewee asswipe. you dont leave your feet when you hit

  10. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Who cares what this no talent scrub has to say about this, he’s fodder, nothing special at all. Throw him the hell out of the league the next time he figures it’s 1993, he’s a nothing player and it’s not worth having idiots like him running around launching his no talent-going nowhere career around at other players trying to make a career out of hockey. This goof will do this to a star player and along will come a righteous teammate and destroy him when he’s not looking. just like when Bert destroyed that no talent scrub who had no business pulling the crap he was pulling and got what he brought onto himself.

  11. thehighcountrybear - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Yeah right…the constitutional right to free speech ends in the NHL? The US fights one mindless war after another defending democracy and its Constitution, but their are those who get real busy attacking anyone exercising rights won accordingly. The best part is when these keyboard jocks who’ve never strapped on the pads wade-in with contradictory opinion condemning violent play on one hand while advocating violence in retribution on the other…gotta be a village somewhere going without! The guy paid, let him have his say…

    • ibieiniid - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      they aren’t throwing him in jail buddy… they’re criticizing the guy on the internet. nobody is stripping his freedom of speech. go back to the Fox News comment sections.

      • bigblackzaranek - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Don’t lump him in with the more intelligent conservatives lol. Most of us know that the first ammendment only allows you to speak against the government, anything else is a civil matter.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        I didn’t lump him with any intelligent conservatives… just the ones that watch Fox News =P

      • basedrum777 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM


    • sabatimus - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Research the first amendment, please.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        LOL it’s funny how many people fail to understand that it basically only protects you from prosecution from the government.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      You should really read up on the Constitution and what rights it actually delegates. Maybe we’re reading different documents but I haven’t seen anywhere where your employer is not allowed to punish you for speaking out.

  12. sjsharks66 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Next time don’t leave your feet. As simple as that!

  13. ironcity6pak - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Well everyone is disgusted by you!

  14. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Just stay on your feet – you can deliver crushing and legal hits with your skates on the ice.Line the guy up, bend your knees, lean into the hit and put your shoulder right at the top of the logo on his chest. You’ll do three things:
    1) Separate the man from the puck.
    2) It’ll hurt a lot, without injuring (key difference there). You’ll probably knock the guy off the ice for a shift or two while he catches his wind.
    3) You won’t get suspended.

    • sabatimus - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Not if you played in that Bruins/Tampa game on Saturday. The refs were calling simple checks penalties (on both teams), to the point where no one had any idea what or when the next penalty would be.

  15. yougotgirouxed - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Z is right. Its not a hit you can deliver in today’s NHL. The suspension doesn’t really bother me. It doesnt touch Giroux getting a game against Jersey in the playoffs last year. When Neal was headhunting also got only one game.

    But why are Pens fans talking smack on here? I dont get it. I know there is nothing to do in Pittsburgh besides eat fried food and hit on fat chicks but Malkin is coming back tonight.You think they might be excited about that.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      First, it would seem that the Pens fans commenting on this story (myself included) are making fairly salient points about the story and not trash talking. Admittedly I only took a cursory look but the only real trash talk I saw seemed to come from a Lightning fan.

      Second, your attack on Pittsburgh is both classless and reeks of having nothing of any value to say. “Durr fried food and fat chicks durrr”. I’ll point out the obvious irony in a Flyers fan pointing to those two items when disparaging another city. Rather than rebut the points you take issue with you just fire off on something that a) isn’t true, b) doesn’t have anything to to do with the argument, and c) is crass for the sake of being crass.

      Well done.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Agreed. Although I will say there are fat chicks and fried food in every city. But you’re right, it shouldn’t factor into the discussion.

      • yougotgirouxed - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Nice reply. Did you do two years at Pitt Titusville or drop out freshman year?

      • ibieiniid - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        ::shudder:: I’m siding with the Pens fan in this argument.

        what has this world come to?

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        You’re proving my point here Girouxed.

        Philly – you’re 100% correct. You could say that about pretty much every American city.

      • 2jivecrew - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        I’m thinking yougotgirouxed is a PSU fan……judging from the Pitt remark. At least Pitt never covered up systematic child rape for over a decade like Joepa and PSU did.

      • yougotgirouxed - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM


        I went to Temple and hate PSU.

        The stupid people from Pittsburgh have to go to places like Titusville and Johnstown when they rejected from Main campus.

        And talking about irrelevant arguements here, sandusky doesnt belong on this page

  16. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Just stay on your feet – you can deliver crushing and legal hits with your skates on the ice.Line the guy up, bend your knees, lean into the hit and put your shoulder right at the top of the logo on his chest. You’ll do three things:
    1) Separate the man from the puck.
    2) It’ll hurt a lot, without injuring (key difference there). You’ll probably knock the guy off the ice for a shift or two while he catches his wind.
    3) You won’t get suspended.

    Everyone wins…. except, ya know, the guy you’re hitting.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      i feel like i’ve read this list somewhere before…..

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        I don’t know what’s worse – the fact that I accidentally posted this twice or the fact that it took me longer than I’d care to admit to realize it.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        lol don’t worry. a smart post…. both times.

        i like the joke you added to the 2nd one.

  17. titansrbeast - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Now that’s laying down the smackdown! Was Lundin injured from this hit, just wondering? First time I saw the hit, been hearing about it lots. I could go either way tbh, I understand Zolnierczyk leaves his feet but I didn’t think it was a DIRTY hit. Ehh, whatever it’s 4 games he’ll learn to not jump again. Either way, I think it was a nice hit and Lundin definitely will be watching his back next time he steps onto the ice with the Flyers.

    Btw, I am not a Flyers fan just for the record. ; P

  18. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    4 games may be a little excessive for a first suspension but Cmon Harry Z you are in the wrong. You clearly charged, left your feet, and launched yourself into a players head. And you’re disgusted with the sentence? Look in the mirror dude, you’re playing borderline hockey. We get that you’re trying to make yourself a permanent NHL fixture, but you’re creating a name for yourself as a dirty player. You can deliver huge checks, we all love seeing a big hit, just keep your skates on the ice. And don’t blatantly charge someone to make it. Take the suspension and learn from your mistakes. You can’t be a contributor when you’re putting your team in a position to have to keep killing off major penalties.

  19. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    What’s the big deal ? His style of play fits perfectly for the goons that call themselves Flyers.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Wow, what an intelligent and original thought. It’s so surprising to see someone jumping on the “Flyers are goons” bandwagon when a young, borderline NHLer, who’s only played a handful of games this season, makes an irresponsible hit. Are the Sens goons cause their captain decided to cross-check a defenseless player in the face? Are the Pens goons after they ran the gambit on dirty plays during last years playoffs? Are the Caps goons after Erskine threw a blatant and illegal elbow to Simmonds face? Nope, it’s just the Philadelphia Flyers. Because they’re the only team in the NHL, no make that the world, who’s ever taken part in illegal play. Harry Z was just following the mandate handed down by Flyers management to hit every defenseless player they can.

  20. chrisk61 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    on one hand flyers are givin him shot to stick with the big club. they are being patient. but he is overly exuberant and has done too many dumb things. he needs to smarten up quick or will blow his shot. pretty dumb for a brown guy.

  21. mnfan2013 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Im sorry doesnt cut it. You knew what your doing on the ice. 4 games is nothing. May 10 games would of been better / without pay

  22. phillyphannn83 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Shanny and his disciplinary crew still have zero credibility by allowing Alfreddson’s cross-check to Rinaldo’s face to go unpunished. He used his stick as a weapon, something that’s a borderline criminal offense(hey, its been done before), and it was blatantly intentional. In my book, what he did doesn’t even compare to Z’s almost legal hit(if he doesn’t leave his skates milliseconds early because Lundin was already dropping down, its simply a 2 min charging minor). Alfie should get 10-15 games MINIMUM! Theres no place in hockey for using your stick as a weapon to smash a guy in the face.

    • basedrum777 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      But justification by calling another hit “dirtier” does not make it any better.

  23. Anthony Maiorana - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Reblogged this on Evening the Score.

  24. csilojohnson - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Really that insecure Philly? This article has nothing to do with the Pens. Somehow Z leaving his feet is my fault because I root for the Pens, and am from Pittsburgh.
    Stop crying. Rules are cut and dry. You can’t leave your feet. Maby if his skates were on the ice I would agree with the ducking theory. (given offensive players ducking has ruined football IMO)

  25. mancave001 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Rules are rules, but the suspensions have been inconsistent. That’s the problem.

  26. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Lavs dressed him, Lavs played him, obviously, he likes his style of play.

  27. tobie1003 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Intent or not…. Who cares, he made a hit to the head, therefore, suspension!!!!

  28. broadstbully33 - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Pens fans just troll the same lame statements over and over again and are proud of themselves. What a sad city pit is. 99% trolls with nothing intelligent to say just the same sentence over and over and over and over….

    • basedrum777 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      You had the dirtiest player of the last 15 years as your captain (Pronger) so you lost allllll credibility to comment on dirty play by other teams. Just saying….

  29. broadstbully33 - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Pit shouldn’t call anyone dirty after their owner came out and condemded the dirty cheap play last year.

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