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Report: No disciplinary hearing for Nash after Kopecky hit

Mar 22, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT

New York Rangers forward Rick Nash won’t face any supplemental discipline for hitting Florida forward Tomas Kopecky on Thursday night, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie reports both the Rangers and Panthers organizations have been told Nash will not be punished for this hit:

Nash wasn’t penalized on the play. Kopecky left the ice momentarily, but returned to score an empty-net goal — his team-leading 12th of the year — to secure Florida’s 3-1 win.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Shanny is becoming more like Colin Campbell every day. Sickening!

  2. kgun80 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Once again the NHL proves if you are a big name on a flagship franchise you can basically do what you want. What a joke.

  3. travishenryskid - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Tinfoil hat man coming out. NYR in a battle for the final playoff position, it’s best player facing what should be a definite suspension. The league sweeps this under the rug? This has nothing to do with market size and playoff position, does it? Of course not.

    • stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      As I pointed out in the other topic about this hit…. other similar hits, some worse then this, have also not resulted in suspensions this year. It has a lot more to do with the leagues inconsistent punishment system, then the team or the players name.

  4. withseidelinn - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    This is actually a sick joke.

  5. billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    How frickin ridiculous is this. Obviously it’s just to help make sure the Rangers make the playoffs, the NHL needs them in for ratings. Definite elbow to the head, how can there be any doubt at all?
    The guy should have went down to the ice, threw his gloves and flopped around awhile like Richards – then maybe they would have given him a game.
    Every player in the league who has been suspended should be fuming right now. Especially Lupul, whats the difference in his hit vs this one?

    • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      I just re-watched that video-
      1. elbow to the head
      2. LEFT HIS FEET TO DO IT!!!!

  6. upyourstodd - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Maybe they felt bad that the Rangers lost to the Panthers, the embarrasment is punishment enough. C’mon Rangers, you guys are better than this. A fine would have been sufficient.

  7. z561 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Considering which team he plays for, Im surprised Kopecky wasn’t penalized on the play. His head was clearly, and dangerously in the way of Nash’s elbow. 2 minutes for Panthering!

  8. Stiller43 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    He hit him right in the neck!! How does this not get a hearing?

  9. highpowered350 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    It was a tap Now thats a hit

    • stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Now adays that would be a 20 game suspension…. back then it was a clean hit. The fact that theres even any talk about the Nash hit being a suspension is a great example of the pansification of hockey over the last few years.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        But yet you’re the first woman who would cry for bloody murder if it happened to one of your Ranger players

  10. thehighcountrybear - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    At some point, people have to understand random collisions occur in high speed contact sports…they’re not always the product of sinister purpose or need!

    Anybody who has played contact hockey has had this very thing occur to them, not once or twice, but many times…

    I can’t see anyone on Panthers disputing what is clearly the correct call by the League.

    • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      I just re-watched that video-
      1. elbow to the head
      2. LEFT HIS FEET TO DO IT!!!!

      The league def just lost any credibility they had.

      • stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        If he was trying to hit him in the head…. he could have done a lot worse then that. Nash is a big guy afterall. If he had ill intent on the hit, Kopecky would have been taken off in a stretcher.

    • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      He left his fee to hit him in the head with an elbow! How much more do you want?

      • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        Sorry for the duplicate comment, it was an accident.

    • stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      The problem, as you can see by reading the comments here, is that most people have never played hockey. They see something like this and the assume that Nash came across the ice with the sole purpose of hitting Kopecky in the back of the neck. When in reality its far more likely he was cutting across the ice and ran into him….

      Unfortuanlly theres going to come a point where hockey will be a non-contact sport. Its already heading in that direction with every little thing being looked at for suspensions now adays.

      • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Soo when he jumped up and hit him with an elbow in the head, it was just an accident? Does he always skate around jumping up and down with his elbows out? Something like Richards falling to the nice and throwing his gloves and crying?>\

      • stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        *sigh* I wish people who don’t know anything about hockey would stop watching the dman sport. You guys are going to ruin it.

        Watch the video. If Nash wants to do damage to Kopecky, he could. He could have ran him over. Nash is a big guy and Koprecky could have been flattened. Instead, Nash is trying to avoid the contact by jumping around him. Yes, he makes contact with his elbow… but its clear (to people who actually play hockey) that theres no ill intent there.

        I would be money that Kopecky would be fine with no suspension there. He knows the sport, and knows that if Nash actually wanted to deliever a big hit… he could have. Instead he made contact while trying to avoid the hit.

        …and Richards missed multiple games after that hit. I guess he was just faking it though right?

      • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        I forgot, Nash is superman and was planning on jumping over the 6’+ player, he just misjudged the jump a little and hit him in the head!

      • elvispocomo - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        While I can agree it wasn’t Nash lining him up from 10 yards away, the point the NHL is trying to make (at least that’s what they tell us) is they want players to try and mitigate contact if they can’t avoid it when they have another player in a vulnerable position. Kopecky’s clearly in a vulnerable position and Nash’s instinct should most certainly not be to lean forward and into the back of another player (he actually doesn’t hit much of his head) with his elbows while jumping towards the player. Perhaps leaning backwards slightly and/or opening your arms in the manner of a hug to lessen the blow might have been wise.

        there’s just too much Nash did wrong for me to think this was a responsible play that isn’t worthy of a suspension considering other things that have been suspended.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Elvis’ hit it right on the head (dirty, dirty pun).

        It didn’t look like a rinkwide run, but come on. Yes, he could have done worse. That doesn’t mean it isn’t bad enough in its own right to warrant a friggin’ hearing.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        You know stakex, you seem to think that everyone who disagrees with you has never played the game at a competitive level. Or, actually held different hockey duties at various levels of competitiveness and organization. You really have to stop assuming, and be a little more open minded that some here have played the game and simply have a different opinion on certain matters like wearing a visor, fighting, head shots, rules etc…. You catch my drift?

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        lol like you played at a competitive enough level to know anything about contact to the head? , shut up already you act like a typical north eastern know it all

      • mb65dod - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Stakex, I always respected your comments on this site. This time however, I am not sure if you actually watched video. Nash went clearly after Kopi from the distance. I know that game is played at high speed (I’ve played it myself) but pros as Nash should be able to avoid it from 6-8 feet distance. Kopecky had a chance to score and Nash was clearing the space in front of their goal. SO please do not mention such as BS that he was cutting and accidentally collided with him.

      • flyers22 - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        The fact that you say hockey is going to become a non contact sport shows that you don’t know dump about hockey. Hitting and fighting is a huge part of the game and will never be taken out of the sport

    • kitshky - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:19 PM


      Gotta give you credit for (at least) being the most consistent, contrarian, Troll on PHT in a long … long time.

      • mb65dod - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        So true! People just keep feeding the troll.

  11. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    What’s even more shocking is that Nash is staring him down the entire way – you could claim it was inadvertent if maybe he was watching the puck and ran into Kopecky with his elbow, but he is just looking straight at him the entire time….

    This is bad.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Oh please. Staring him down?

      Are we giving Kopecky the Cindy Crosby treatment now?

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Haha take off your blue-colored glasses… during the entire GIF above he is looking at Kopecky’s name plate.

      • nicknyhc - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        You also realize that the time frame that this gif covers is like .3 seconds, right?

  12. wethog66 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    No hearing, no fine, no nothing? And people wonder why the NHL is relegated to 4th place in the list of major professional sports in the US. Between lockouts, “make up calls” and the complete lack of consistency in policing violent hits like this is why the NHL is stuck behind the NFL, MLB and the joke that is the NBA. Sad.

    • wethog66 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Watching the hit over and over I can see why some feel Nash didn’t mean to deliberately kill Kopecky , but the back of Kopecky’s head is to Nash the entire time. The onus is on Nash to not crush Kopecky in the back of the head/body like that. For Nash to have control over his body. A fine is warranted.

      • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        How can you say it wasn’t deliberate when he left his feet to hit him?

      • wethog66 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Because it looks like Nash tries to let up and avoid him at the last second. Hence why he leaves his feet. Regardless, it was a bad hit by Nash. Whether he meant to crush Kopecky or not, Nash deserved an official hearing at least.

      • elvispocomo - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        I don’t see at all how Nash tries to let up, unless you’re trying to explain him jumping towards Kopecky as Nash meaning to jump around him. Even that’s a stretch though as then he’d typically try and move hi upper body away from Kopecky as well instead of leaning forward and towards Kopeck with his elbows in front and with at least the left one driving down during contact.

  13. billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Come on Ranger apologists, can’t you just admit it should have been a suspension but wasn’t because the league definitely wants you in the playoffs?
    be honest with it at elast, you can’t defend that hit.

    • stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Boo hoo, cry some more.

      Its the correct call. Get over it.

      • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Yes you are right. TK should have rolled on the ground, throwing his equipment and crying – then it would have deserved something. Live and learn from the Rangers.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      But yet you’re defending the Kaleta hit from 3 weeks ago still?

      When even Kaleta’s own team mates won’t defend it? LOLZZZZZ

  14. thehighcountrybear - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Dear PHT:

    Referees always watch the feet when they see these hits developing, ditto the League in any review…skates don’t lie.

    Nash’s skates are already digging in at the toes, then he jumps, spins and rolls around Kopecky’s body. Had Rick not made what is clearly an effort to avoid contact and mitigate damage, he would have destroyed Tomas.

    Had there been intent to cause damage, Nash’s skates would have glided through the hit even as his body would have traveled through the space occupied by Kopecky.

    Again, Nash is to be commended for gentlemanly play and respect for the welfare of his opponent!

    Best regards,

    Liz Nash

    • billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Watch the video close, Ms. Nash. Exactly how is sticking his right elbow out directly at TK’s head just before impact trying to avoid damage? To avoid damage he could have grabbed him IF it truly was an accidental hit.
      Accident or not (and I did see him concerned after it happened), he deserves a suspension – but the league needs the Rangers in so it didn’t happen.

  15. sjsharks66 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    But Edler gets one for bumping into Smith????? Go home Shanaban you’re drunk.

  16. hockeygal67 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    He was headed to the front of Kopecky and got redirected by Fleischmann. The hit was unavoidable so Nash tried to jump out of the way or at least lessen the collision and would have cleared his head if TK hadn’t straightened some at that point.

    In this fast, game of inches, called hockey, I think the league got this one right when looking at the entire sequence and not just the instant of the hit.

    BTW…Nash ditched the Rangers goal celebration to speak with Kopecky and those who saw it said he was clearly trying to make sure he was OK.

  17. rpiotr01 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I know I’m going to get massive thumbs down for this, but slowed down in the GIF it looks like Nash’s forearm and wrist make hardest contact with the back of his right shoulder. From this angle it doesn’t even look like he got hit in the head at all.

    I’m not a Ranger apologist at all, I think Shanny has been maddeningly inconsistent with his suspensions/non-suspensions, and I think this is still a reckless hit by Nash worthy of at least a fine and a phone call and should have been penalized for roughing. But I just don’t see a suspension hit here. Sorry.

  18. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    This is an absolute joke. Shanahan once again proves to be consistently inconsistent when levying suspensions and fines. The NHL refs have been selective in their penalty calling all season, and again they miss a blatantly dirty hit here. Then the league essentially brushes this under the rug. As others have pointed out… it absolutely has to do with not wanting to take away the best player on a huge market team trying to make the playoffs. Once again finances come before the safety of the players, despite the league’s rhetoric saying otherwise. And Shanahan is just proving what many have been saying about him since he became the player safety czar: there’s zero consistency in his decisions, superstars receive special treatment, and, most importantly, he favors certain teams over others. This hit was deserving of atleast two games. And by not punishing Nash, Shanny is opening the door for other high profile players on important teams to get away with these kinds of hits. Just disgusting.

  19. hy3rid28 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    this has all the signs of a suspension except the suspension itself!!! hit from behind, leaves his feet, elbows him directly in the head. Nash would have to commit murder from rangers fan shanny to suspend him

  20. redwings1977 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I’m confused, how is the not an illegal hit? Nash leaves his feet to launch himself elbow-first into the back of Kopecky’s head. This is the definition of the type of hit that needs to be removed from the game. C’mon Shanny, you’re smarter than this.

  21. nicknyhc - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    When hockey fans start comparing this collision to the Kaleta/Richards incident it really makes me worry for the future of the sport. Kaleta’s hit was regarded as an EXTREMELY dangerous dirty hit that could have broken a guy’s neck by pretty much every hockey commentator. Even Ryan Miller criticized Kaleta for that hit, and his own coach still wont play him.

    How on Earth is this the same hit? Take the hometown goggles off people, you’re just making yourselves look stupid. Look at Nash’s right skate in this gif. He realizes at the last second that Kopecky is in a defenseless position and tries to sidestep him to avoid hitting him full force. At 6′ 4″ 218 lbs Nash could have steam rolled him if he wanted to.

    • President Charles Logan - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      you are a point black idiot! he came at the guy with full force with an intent to him it him the head you and your boyfriend stakex need to rent a room already for your circle jerk of ignorant comments

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        point blank** typo

  22. kgun80 - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    As a Sabres fan I totally agree the Kaleta hit was a terrible downright moronic play that could have caused a serious injury. It is a different level of a dirty hit from what Nash did.
    But this hit most definitely deserved a suspension or some kind of discipline from the NHL. He left his skates and hit a player in a defenseless position. Even if it was incidental.. He’s still responsible for not being aware and being negligent of another players well being.

  23. csilojohnson - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    It was a grimey hit. Dont see the contact to the head though. Looks more like an elbow right below Kopekys neck. Still he left his feet and squared the guy up with his back turned. I don’t like it. Shouldve been atleast fined for leaving his.feet. Surprised he.didnt smack his elbow before he layed the hammer down. How much taller is Nash? Ovi leaves his feet on every hit. Never gets disciplined either…

  24. coronakid76 - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Cant have a Marquee player sitting for 2 to 4 games with their season on the line. So how does Shannaban explain no discipline for:

    1 – Point of contact is the base of his neck / head (where a player can be concussed from)

    2 – He left his feet. (a Pirouette that would impress some Ice Dancers with the Air he got)

    3 – He has a prior history of discipline for questionable hits.

    Did the player return for the rest of the game? Worthless employee of the NHL. Shannaban should be in politics.

    • mb65dod - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      4. Is he from other team than Rangers? no check

      no suspension…

  25. coronakid76 - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    But what is more embarrassing then the decision not to discipline Nash is that not ONE panther went after Nash to stick up for their teammate!!!! Gotta protect your own…!!!! Miss that with the old school hockey. Make them think before they do that again to a teammate.

  26. coronakid76 - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Ok, so he did come back and scored a goal (reading the whole article helps sometimes…..) Maybe that is why there was no suspension! Still should have been 2 games easy.

  27. mb65dod - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Unbelievable! After this, there should be no more suspensions for headshots.

  28. mattypbillsmafia - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Ok, everyone needs to settle down on this. Nash didn’t eye him from the other side of the rink, you’re judging a two second replay in super slow mo… IMO Nash was cutting across the net, the puck must have gone to the other side, and caused Nash to look in TP’s direction. Nash looks like he’s trying to brace himself for the upcoming impact by naturally putting his arms up in a defensive postition (ppl attacked with knives usually have cuts all along their forearms from doing the same thing, it’s natural instinct). I think it’s clearly incidental, but given the slo-mo it looks a lot more malicious than it is. As far as Kgun goes, dude, I’m a Sabres fan too, get over the Kaleta hit already. You’re just making the rest of us look bad.

  29. mclovinhockey - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    It was a cross check. His feet did not Leave the ice prior to contact and first contact and majority contact was to the back.

    I say that HATING the rangers

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