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Video: Ex-Hawk Mayers ‘disappointed’ in response to hit on Toews

Apr 2, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

From CSN Chicago:

“You definitely have to protect your better players.”


It’s always a passionate debate — to respond or not to respond.

Clean hit by Brooks Orpik or not, clearly Mayers  — a guy who racked up 1,200 PIM during his NHL career — felt the ‘Hawks should’ve done something to stick up for their captain.

Some will agree with Mayers, while others will say the best revenge would’ve been beating the Penguins on the scoreboard.

Related: Toews done for the regular season

  1. cleariptv - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Everyone has their opinion on what to do in this situation.
    In my biased opinion there was nothing dirty about the hit he just happened to get hurt.

    Milbury can suck a ****

  2. bwayblueshirt - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    It was a bad hit, not terribly so, but definitely should have been a game or two. And the Hawks absolutely should’ve come back on Orpik. Personally, I think that Byslma has instituted a bounty system over the past few years.

    • jhaegs - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      A game or two for a shoulder to shoulder hit… GTFO

  3. killerpgh - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Says the former “most useless player in the league”….

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      I thought John Scott carried that title….

  4. matt14gg - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Mayers is right. Chicago is a classy team but they seem beaten down right now. That was a great time to stand up for a player and re-energize your team. Especially since it was the Pens and Orpik. He’s a sneaky player and they are a dirty team so you would like to see the Hawks address that hit, but one thing is absolutely certain…one of these days Orpik is going to pay for all those times he took advantage of a guy in a bad position.

    • joey4id - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Sneaky! WTF was sneaky about throwing a body check, which is a hockey play and completely legal as described in the rule book. When you have the puck your head has to be on swivel looking for incoming. That’s what you’re thought since the moment you start to play contact hockey. Is Mayers? How well did that work out for Thornton? Screw Mayers or anybody who believes retribution is a valid approach for a clean hit. If they can’t watch hockey without retribution for a clean hit, then these a$$holes should watch Ping Pong. Hockey is played with willing participants who know all too well that body checks have always been part of the game.

      • slysipops - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        easy joey, you’ll melt your crayons all over your hands !

      • joey4id - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        What would I do without you?

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    This is completely out of control. Toews got caught with his head down. Any player, especially skilled players, should know better. I bet next time he enters the Pens or any teams zone he will have his head up. He is just lucky it was Orpik and Kronwall or Murray.

    This is one of the cleanest hits we have seen all season. You can’t just make a hit “dirty” because of the logo on the front of a jersey or a name on the back.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      No doubt it’s getting out of control. I said it after Sunday’s game and I’ll say it again…

      I have no problem with that hit. Toews needs to be more aware with the puck – usually he is – this time it bit him in the ass.

      Should the player delivering the check ease up because the puck carrier is in a vulnerable position and obviously doesn’t see the hit coming? I say yes, but that’s just my opinion (regardless who the players are).

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      So did my reply not go through, or did PHT flex their rare Shanaban muscles because I was critical of the new talk radio station in Chicago?

      Regardless while it was certainly not worth a penalty, it was also not “one of the cleanest hits we’ve seen all season.” Let’s not get carried away.

  6. sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    *and not

  7. bruinpred - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I hate the Hawks. However, Orpik, Kronwell, and Murray are great examples of the problem with hockey. They are out to hurt people with “clean” hits. If they had to answer the bell, they would act differently.

    • cleariptv - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      How can you prove intent for injury here?
      Toewsgot blown up shoulder to shoulder and is being held out of the last few games to rest up for the playoffs.

      Give me a break.

    • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      why, I simply cannot believe that someone with your screen name would make such remarks…

      Orpik was assaulted from behind and concussed by “the problem with hockey” – so for all intents and purposes, he answered that bell (just from behind, unwittingly). Yet, he came right back and did it again.

      Why, do you think? Because IT’S HIS JOB. And it’s LEGAL. And CLEAN. All these people whining about him hitting people within the rulebook, saying that someone should break the rules, are what’s truly wrong with hockey. Go cheer for Thornton, pretend he’s your favorite goon, up until the time he’s incoherent at 40 years old, his family sues the NHL, and you forget you ever heard of him.

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        When was Orpik assaulted from behind? He definitely didn’t answer the bell but he did have his bell rung.

        As to it being his job, it is not his job to hurt opposing players. Maybe you are confused because Pitt has employed so many players who do cross the line and cause injuries.

        As for Thornton, not sure why you wish anyone to be incoherent at 40 but I can certainly promise I will remember him, for hockey but also for the millions of dollars he has raised for children in Boston. The same city he lives in year round and that he calls home.

      • hockey412 - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:49 AM


        You lost every scrap of integrity and validity with your opening remark. Jesus.

        ‘doing his job’ is to play defense, not afford anyone time and space to make a move offensively (moron). No one wanted to see Toews hurt, and hell even Hossa came to bat for Orpik. But yeah, you know better, being a fan of a team that does legitimately run goalies, run people into obstacles on the ice, and sneak up behind people and suckerpunch them. Please tell me how you, as a fan, feel so liberated to comment on how a clean hit is somehow worthy of your angst. It’s like talking to a freaking wall, with you guys. I don’t think you seriously believe yourselves, or that you seriously believe your hands are clean.

        Boston can keep Thornton, year round, bud – believe me that’s ok by the rest of us.

    • sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Orpik, Kronwall and Murray are the problem with hockey? Looks like you need to switch sports interest. How many times have ANY of those players been suspended for a hit??

      *NOT counting Murray’s slip up last night.

  8. bhunter47 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    They responded in the best way possible…by taking absolute control of the game. They weren’t able to get enough pucks past MAF, but they dominated from that point on. Isn’t that how you are supposed to respond to your captain being hurt?

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      That’s an interesting chart.

      I found it funny how all the Crosby lovers bragged about his performance against Chicago. Yet in reality, Crosby only showed up after Toews left the game. In their only head to head meetings Toews has dominated “the face of the NHL.” More proof that Toews is the better all around hockey player.

      Now off my soapbox, I’ll sit back and laugh as Cindy’s sympathizers belittle me….

      • bru308 - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        I see nobody cares to acknowledge your ridiculous comment yet… you’re like that crazy person on the street corner just babbling away about something, everyone just walks on by and forgets they ever heard a word you said.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        Yes, completely ridiculous. That’s why Crosby had such a great game against Toews the first time around.

        Oh wait, it was the other way around.

        Careful who you call “ridiculous.”

  9. jernster21 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    People keep saying it was a dirty/high hit, yet it was his arm that got hurt. Makes sense.

  10. terrier92 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Sometimes a situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part! Chicago should have kicked Opicks ass.

  11. sprtsfan1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Don’t care what anyone says, no one should feel comfortable taking a run at another teams captain or any of their skill guys for that matter. This why it’s important for teams to have enforcers. The first thing the Hawks should have done after that hit was (cleanly) go after Crosby. Sorry, eye for an eye. Hit him hard enough to take him out of the game. As I said before (cleanly).

  12. 19wasthebest - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    It is ridiculous to keep going after a player for a clean hit. I am sick of this crap. By the way I love a good fight for the right reason and a clean hit is not the right reason to fight.

  13. bluesdroogie - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    what mayers said at the end”you can basically go after their better players” this is what reducing fighting in the nhl has led to. back in the early 90’s orpik would have paid on his next shift or even that same shift, now you have guys that are told go after their star or more skilled players. it was bad for Chicago no to stand up for toews because imagine if that had happened to the poster boy of the league cindy crybabay. there would have been a fight automatically and the Chicago player would have been suspended.

    the nhl if 2 faced and bettman and the bunch need to go. get rid of shanny and all of his colleagues in the player safety department.

    bring back letting the players police the games themselves.

    good luck to toews getting well.

    I hope for a BLUES/HAWKS 2nd round!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. slysipops - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    clean hit or dirty hit does not matter.the HAWKS needed to send a message and they did not …at least not a good one for the team. and it is not just about ORPIK or that game…it is about any and all future games….you have to let the opponents know you won’t put up with that crap…clean or dirty! the HAWKS sissied on this , and don’t think that message didn’t go all across the league before all these web sites picked up on it .

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