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Wings prospect gets in-person hearing for boarding Chicago’s Kostka (w/video)

Sep 18, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen will have an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety following this hit on Chicago’s Mike Kostka in the Blackhawks’ 2-0 win on Tuesday night:

As per the NHL’s CBA, an in-person hearing is required for any suspension that could last more than five games.

The hit came early in the first period forcing Kostka, 27, to leave the game and not return. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called the hit “very dangerous,” according to CSN Chicago.

Pulkkinen, 21, was a fourth-round pick of Detroit’s at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

He spent the last five seasons playing with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-liiga, but did join AHL Grand Rapids late last year and scored five points in 14 Calder Cup playoff games.

  1. sabatimus - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Kostka was hit in his side, since he was perpendicular to the boards, not from behind. I’m not even sure Kostka actually hit the boards, seeing how Pulkkinen’s teammate hit Kostka just after the original hit. However, I wonder about charging instead of boarding. I couldn’t see from where Pulkkinen started his fast skate toward Kostka, but his intent was clearly to hit him as hard and fast as possible, and he had a tremendous amount of speed before the check.

  2. hockinj25 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Going for shoulder to shoulder, Kostka turned at the last second.

  3. hockeydon10 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Point of contact was definitely shoulder on shoulder. Still looks incredibly dangerous to see a player’s head hitting the boards like that. Could go boarding or charging.

  4. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Wait, what broadcast is this? Couldn’t find a stream to save my life last night since the Blackhawks decided not to broadcast the game…

  5. ibieiniid - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Kostka looks up just before the hit, looks back down, turns back to the play, gets nailed. I’m moving on.

  6. joemango666 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    He was in the Raffi Torres kill-zone.

  7. shoobiedoobin - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Shoulder to shoulder. Not even charging. Not even that big a hit. Kostka looks right at him and feels no obligation to protect himself-something younger players these days do quite a bit. He turns into the hit.

    And these scrums after a big hit are so childish. I get the concept but the concept is stupid. But there’s a cowardly comfort in numbers, hockey was only going to stay manly for so long.

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I don’t know what is going on, but I have not been able to see this clip on any sight – a blank black box that never fills with anything

    • ibieiniid - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      it was an outdoor night game.

      • alexbaymac - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Even though I rarely agree with your posts……THAT was funny right there! :-)

  9. ibieiniid - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    ohhhhh I get it, this is a preseason dirty hit evaluation. they make them easy ones to ready your eye for the regular season. well played, NHL, well played.

    that having been said, it IS still Shanahanahanahan calling the shots…… 40 game suspension. almost the smallest sliver on the Wheel of Justice (TM), just bigger than the “Pull off their finger and toenails” sliver.

  10. equator180 - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    This was a goon play, mere techno BS…it was shoulder to shoulder, he was at an angle…all BS! He was lined up, hit in a dangerous position and potentially very dangerous…the goon should get at least a 5 game suspension…set a precedent, set it early!

    • shoobiedoobin - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Typical ignorant idiot with no knowledge of the player. Everyone is a judge on the internet. What a tool.

      • alexbaymac - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        “Everyone is a judge on the internet. What a tool.” …including YOU obviously. Stop it at :32 & you will see first contact…with his back. Next to the Boards.
        The glance where you said “he looked right at him”…wrong again. When he glanced to see what was coming, Pulkkinen wasn’t even in frame due to his high rate of speed, lining up a big hit to get his name out there. Well, he succeeded in doing that. He’ll be suspended & properly so for a poor lack of judgement. Much like yours.

      • shoobiedoobin - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        Ugghhh I knew one of the contrarians would show up, pushing his glasses up his nose proclaiming “well ACTUALLY, AAAACTUALLY if you pause it at”…bzzzz, stop right there. You don’t pause hockey games. If you want to pause it at :32, why not watch 30-32 and see Kostka turn with enough indication he was going to turn completely around. Look at the speed they’re going at and the move he makes-he’s clearly going to turn around until he sees the hit coming and turns his back to it. Shoulder to shoulder contact. Pulkkinen isn’t a goon, he’s not a big hitter and he’s not a guy looking to get his name out there. That is ignorantly stupid. Like the fool above you, no knowledge of the player, just demonizing a guy for the sake of laying some of that sweet, adrenaline-releasing judgment.

  11. alexbaymac - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Wow, “there is none so blind as he who will not see”…or will only see what he wants to see.
    Real-time calls don’t have a pause button but the league does. And they will see something completely different than your clouded eyes refuse to see…that a young kid took a big run at someone that was not in a good position t defend himself. Whatever you think you ‘see’…well, i just hope you don’t drive ‘in real time’.

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