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Report: Hurricanes’ Pitkanen out three months after icing crash

Apr 3, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen is expected to be out three months, according to Darren Dreger of TSN, after crashing feet-first at a high speed into the end boards on an icing play with Capitals forward Troy Brouwer.

The incident occurred late in the second period of Tuesday’s game between the Hurricanes and Capitals.

Pitkanen had to be stretchered off the ice.

As per the Raleigh News & Observer, Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller was not sure about the severity of the injury, but that Pitkanen was treated at the PNC Arena.

This incident is sure to fuel the conversation about hybrid icing, or no-touch icing.


  1. hockeyflow33 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Injuries like this are so rare; why does the media insist on acting like these happen constantly?

    • williplett - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      I’ve seen no media entity that has tried to make it seem like these icing touch up injuries are happening constantly. None. These injuries are documentable incidents and they rekindle the arguement for some sort of hybrid/no touch icing because they are often brutal and pointless. I was watching the game where Kurtis Foster broke his leg and that is all I remember about that game. The NHL would lose nothing by adopting an icing rule change. It used to be illegal for a goalie to drop to the ice to make a save in the NHL. Things change! If it saves us from even one more pointless injury how can you disagree?

  2. esracerx46 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Because injuries like this are preventable with a simple rule change. Although rare, would you like to be the guy to tell a player youre never going to play professionally and make a living from hockey….and oh yeah, this could have been easily avoided.

    • stakex - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      …and almost all injuries are preventable by removing contact and playing with a soft puck. Does that mean such changes should be made because they will prevent some injuries?

      The simple fact is there are several races for the puck per period, in every single game. Only a small fraction of those result in any sort of injury… and its extremely rare for a serious injury to occure. To act like this is a huge problem that needs to be fixed would be an amazing over statement.

      The race for the puck is a great thing, and there is no reason to remove it. If they want defenders to be a bit safer going back for the puck… they should simply allow obstruction against the attacking player by the other defensemen.

      • tatdue - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        Ya!….For sure!….I just can’t get enough of those icings because they are just so great! It’s totally awesome to see players skate real fast and go flying straight into the boards because it’s so exciting. I know there is no reason for it to happen because most of the time the defense gets to the puck first and even if he doesn’t 999 times out of 1000 the continued play doesn’t result in much but hey…for sure, skate fast in a straight line because it’s just so exciting!

        Unless, that is, if someone on the team you like gets hurt, right? Come on man….I love the rough stuff but getting hurt on an icing call is just stupid and totally preventable without taking any of the excitement out of the game! Scoring, hitting, and great passing plays are exciting, not icings….

      • williplett - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:48 AM

        tatdue is right on stakex. Helmets and goalie masks were once optional. Seemed like a good idea…

      • lonespeed - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        I want to respond but how do you follow tatdue’s post? Can anyone be more right?

      • canuckteach - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        So, in other words, change the rule on obstructions b-a-c-k to the format where you could hold up (interfere with) a player trying to crush your team-mate into the Boards? If we’re going to change a rule, why not just implement the hybrid icing rule? That way, players don’t get hurt on stupid collisions, and there’s no need to interfere with the forechecker.

  3. thomasvanek - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Refs usually don’t get the right call for a race to the puck anyway so why not go to no touch.

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    For you idiots who think that this is a rare injury or that it’s a freak accident and icing doesn’t need to be changed. Go ahead and tell everyone in the Carolina Hurricanes franchise that and their fans when they lose a top defenseman to a freak injury when they are a handful of points out of a playoff spot. Go ahead and tell Kurtis Foster that, when he lost close to 2 seasons because of a rule that needs to be changed. There is a reason why there is no touch icing in the Olympics. Don’t give me that crap because the NHL would have an issue with their players playing in them risking them to injuiries. The fact is the Olympic’s have had that rule long before the players we involved. European leagues have it right as well. The fact is the NHL is the only league that has touch up icing. 2 injuries in a handful of years is 2 injuries too many when it could have easily been avoided. If I’m not mistaken, there was another injury on the same type of play I’m forgetting about as well.

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      Absolutely!! As someone who also regularly watches college hockey (I’m guessing you may be as well) I don’t see the need for these risky, speedy battles. Now, I’m someone who is all for hockey fights and checking; it makes NHL hockey more exciting. However, the race to the puck isn’t one of more exciting things of a hockey game, so there’s no reason why the NHL hasn’t already made the change. The NHL has been talking about for some time now, so how many more “freak” accidents do we need to see before we make a change that in NO way change the game.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        I don’t wanna talk about college hockey at the moment. Yale!?!?! Come on, who the hell are they at hockey????!!!!!

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        Ya that was a really tough one to take. Unfortunately it’s just one game and out, 2 of 3 as it should be. But there’s not much anyone can do about it now is there?

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Bitter huh, can’t blame you, losing to Yale was a really hard one to take. Unfortunately, it’s only one game and done, not 2 of 3 as it should be. However, there’s not much we can do about it now, is there.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Nope, only satisfaction is that Yale beat North Dakota as well.

  5. dipthatchip - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Haven’t seen a player writhe in that much pain in a while. Get well soon Pitkanen

  6. boltsfan777 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Racing on skates from one end of a rink to a line only a few feet from a solid wall at the other end is crazy.

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