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Habs prospect Thrower suspended for remainder of Memorial Cup

May 23, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Saskatoon defenseman Dalton Thrower, Montreal’s second-round (51st overall) pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 Memorial Cup for a headshot on Portland’s Taylor Leier.

Leier, a draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, was caught with this fierce hit during a 4-2 win over Saskatoon on Wednesday:

Thrower wasn’t given a penalty on the play but was handed a stiff supplementary punishment by the National Hockey League hockey operations department, which handles disciplinary matters at the Memorial Cup.

As for Leier, he was admitted to hospital but released without requiring an overnight stay.

Portland head coach Travis Green, an ex-NHLer, wasn’t happy with the hit.

“I don’t have to keep watching it again,” Green said. “It’s pretty obvious when a player is out before he hits the ice. It’s basically a blow to the head.”

It sounds as of Leier will be held out of the remainder of the tournament as he’s dealing with “brain injury-like symptoms.”

Thrower’s suspension could last all of one game. Saskatoon plays London on Thursday in a loser-goes-home affair and London already beat the Blades in the tournament opener, 3-2.

  1. bakedbees - May 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    looks like he’ll fit right in…wait did he turtle when confronted?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Hahaha! Can you imagine the following in a few years? PK, Tinordi, Emelin, and Thrower. Four Mack Trucks on the blue line. Bring on the Bs. :-) Just kidding about the Bs. Love to watch these guys play.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 24, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      And remember they traded Ryan McDonagh for Gomez. That would have been a sick d core… unfair for the rest of the league.

  2. 950003cups - May 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    From the angle they show in the video, it looks like a clean hit against a player with his head down.

    • psudu - May 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      What angle are you watching? Leier’s head isn’t down, and Thrower launches up into his head…

      • stakex - May 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        While his head isn’t pointed at the ice, hes clearly looking down at the puck and trying to make a toe drag around Thrower. Now while there is clearly head contact on the hit, if Leier doesn’t try to make the fancy toe drag in open ice while looking at the puck…. the hit never happens.

        This goes to the whole argument that making big hits, even where there is only slight head contact, illegal you are actually making head injuries more likely. Now more then ever players think its perfectly fine to skate down ice looking at the puck trying to make fancy plays. The feel this way because its really hard to throw a big open ice check these days without a penelty and suspension…. but the hits still happen, and these guys end up injured.

        If played feared these type of hits more then they do, they would be more careful with the puck.

      • dirt2013 - May 23, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Slight head contact? He was out cold before he hit the ice.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM


        So you wan’t to punish the creative play rather than the cheap shot?…….Aaaaannnndd that’s why so much bush league garbage continues to go on in hockey.

        Stop confusing garage league cheap shots with toughness. If a player can’t hit another player clean he shouldn’t hit him AND if he does a penalty and suspension should be a given.

    • hosewater2 - May 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      His head wasn’t down, you can’t brace yourself for a headshot,

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Thrower’s upper arm came up for the sole purpose of making contact with the opposing player’s head. In what world is that a clean hit?

  3. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I bet he’s not smiling anymore. The Blades have embarrassed themselves this tourney, it’s a shame that when faced by superior League Champions some host teams resort to playing dirty and classless. Hopefully London pounds them tonight and we can be done with them.

  4. lbmclean - May 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Bruins fan is so sensitive to any Habs news. time to get a job and move out of the garage son

    • bakedbees - May 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      yeah I’ll get right on that pops…after a nap…big game tonight
      say why are you still on hockeytalk, golftalk is a few clicks to the right…

    • jcmeyer10 - May 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      No, that’s just hockey fans saying that was an embarrassing display of sportsmanship. Doesn’t matter which side you are on. That was a bad, bad hit.

    • stakex - May 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      I have become a firm believer that anyone who accuses someone of living in a “garage” or “parents basemen”…. is probably typing that from a “garage” or “parents basemen”.

  5. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Get rid of those %^&*()_ hard shelled shoulder pads. The poor kid was knocked out before he hit the ice.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      No, get rid of guys purposely putting their shoulder into someones face. The pads had nothing to do with the intent and follow through of that hit.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        That too!

  6. bucrightoff - May 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Still nothing on Brier going to get bought out? Obviously the bigger story there is Bryz isn’t getting bought out, but still…

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