A Missed Opportunity, a Capital Revival, a Flameout in Calgary

From the NY Times Slap Shot blog:

The N.H.L. has slapped a three-game suspension
on Danny Briere
for this incident from the end of the
Flyers-Islanders game from Saturday night (below), a game in the last minute that had already been decided. Briere
high-sticked/suckered the Islanders’ Frans Nielsen on the faceoff,
whacking Neilsen in the head after they exchanged words before the puck

Briere received a major penalty for cross checking and a game
misconduct. He had a
conference call with the league disciplinarians
this morning and
that usually means a suspension is forthcoming.

“I sure hope not,” Briere told Tim
Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com
in his public defense on Sunday. “I
didn’t hit him and I didn’t hurt him.”

Well, he may not have hurt him, but he did hit him.


Briere added that Nielsen called him profane names and, “In the
face-off before he did the same thing to me. He came over with his
stick, had me in a head lock, so I didn’t know what he was doing, I just
wanted to keep my hands high and try to protect myself.”

A headlock is not a same thing as a crosscheck, but that’s not the
point. In this era of heightened awareness about the dangers of
concussions and blows to the head, what Briere did is a perfect example
of what the N.H.L. should punish more severely.

It didn’t. And the question is why. It’s hard to fathom that it was
because Briere is a star player while Nielsen is a defensive forward.
Perhaps because Nielsen wasn’t injured, the whack wasn’t worthy of
something stiffer?

The lack of an injury lessening the severity of a suspension has been
part of the supplementary discipline process for a long time. But
making the result more important than the intention contributes to an
environment in which players are less accountable for their actions. It
leads to the lack of respect so often decried by the players when an
incident turns out more serious than intended.

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  1. Chorske says:

    Two things.

    One, it’s ridiculous that the official making the original call on Briere is NOT the one who dropped the puck. That official is standing right there, and fails to see the slash, or kick Nielsen and/or Briere out of the circle, which would have defused the whole thing. I’ve seen Halpern and Pleks kicked from the circle for less. And how exactly does he not see that attempted beheading?

    Two, Carcillo. Anyone physically resisting an official who is trying to clear the ice ought to be hit with ten games.

  2. oshawahabsfan says:

    For the Hockey Fights Cancer iniative. I caught the end of the story on Sportscentre but I know he was personally effected by breast cancer within his family so it really meant a lot for him to be able to sport the pads in a game

  3. oshawahabsfan says:

    The one time I would condone fighting: DiPietro clocking Briere with his pink blocker as a part of Hockey Fights Cancer

  4. noelsroyce says:

    What a cowardly act.

    Shame on him.

  5. VJ says:

    Yeah… He was doing it for Cancer awareness of some sort. I can’t remember which organization…

  6. Matt_in_TO says:

    I’m shocked he only got 3 games.  What a douche move.


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