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Hanzal fined for high-sticking Booth

Jan 17, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

Hanzal on Booth

Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Canucks forward David Booth in the third period of last night’s game in Glendale.

Hanzal was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking by the officials.

As you can see in the video below, Booth wasn’t Hanzal’s only victim on the night — Vancouver’s Mike Santorelli and Henrik Sedin were also introduced to the big Phoenix forward’s stick.

  1. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Pocket change to him.

  2. joey4id - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    The goons are going to be out when the Yotes visit the Nucks on Jan 26th. No doubt Torts is going to be applauding again. I am no doubt being excessive again… :-)

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Sounds about right.

    • mcflower29 - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      hey hypocrite, where’s you’re whining attitude that is screaming like a banshee on a kings headline but quiet like a rat here?? did you watch this game from your pixel tv too? or just being a whiny d1k like usual?

  4. anthj99 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    When did a cross check become mostly legal and acceptable? There isn’t a shift in any game where guys aren’t cross checking to the ribs, arms, and back of their opponent with or without the puck. Look at any guy trying to get position in front of the net and the defender is just raping him with two hand blasts with the stick into any point of his body he can. If he can do that i say the forward should be allowed one slash to the ankle for every cross check he receives. (obviously kidding) They can have the same amount of physicality with one hand on the stick and not two feet of lumber between both hands driving that into their ribs.

    • sunderlanding - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      First off he did get a fine, so I wouldn’t call that legal. Secondly, I’m not sure how long you’ve been watching hockey, but people have been cross checking each other in front of the net and along the boards since the game started. There is a reason they call them the “dirty” areas of the game. If anything there is less cross checking in front of the net now then there was twenty years ago. A better question would be: “When did this become illegal?”, or: “Why do we baby the players so much?”. Seriously, how long before this turns into soccer on ice. You have players putting themselves in vulnerable positions because they know if they get hit the player will be suspended or kicked out of the game. Every time a player gets hit in the head nowadays they lay on the ice and wait for the call, but half of the time they’re on the very same power play.

  5. anthj99 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    First off, I’ve been playing and watching hockey for the past 30 years. I’m a Sabres season ticket holder for the past 8 years and the 10 seasons before that my brother had season tickets. Secondly, I don’t know how long you’ve been watching hockey, but I’d like to know what you think leaping headshots, cross checks, and thundering open ice blind side hits adds to the game? Don’t get me wrong, I love a physical game, but why do they need to use the stick like this, or why do they have to hit with the intent or recklessness to injure? I’m a huge supporter of fighting in the game as well so I certainly don’t want to watch soccer on ice, but the only thing that comes from a weapon being driven into a guys arm or lower back is broken bones and a diminished game when players are always hurt or forced to retire because of lasting injuries? Ask Marc Savard or Lindros or the many other players whose careers were ended prematurely for illegal or questionable plays. If I’m not mistaken Bobby Orr’s career was ended after only ten seasons because players targeted his knees as he tried to rush up the boards and that’s the only way they could stop him. There still needs to be a level of respect amongst the players to keep it physical, but clean for the benefit of the game as well as these players’ livelihoods.

    • sunderlanding - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      All I’m saying is it’s always been there. You act like this cross checking came out of nowhere. There is less cross checking now then there was before. It’s just we have more cameras and multi-media to shove it down our thorats. Don’t get me wrong I don’t like seeing players injured, but the current system doesn’t seem to be working. Sometimes the player being hit needs to take some accountability, and with this suspend as soon as someone gets hurt or contact with the head is made seems to result in more people on the ice waiting for a call, and more players confused as to what a legal hit actualy is. Sometimes players will get hurt. We have to accept this. Savard is a result of one horrible play, and Matt Cooke should’ve been kicked out of the league for it. Lindros was a result of playing the wrong way. Players are supposed to skate with their head up. Especially when moving accross the zone. Orr is a complicated situation. You should read his book and see what he has to say about it.

  6. canada2014gold - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    I’ve been playing hockey for 23 years and cross checking to the face is not part of the game

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