Friday, October 12, 2007

This is getting ridiculous.


Two more controversial hits have been getting some attention in the hockey world. I'll start with Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators, since there seem to be a lot of people out there who have never heard of charging. For the unfamiliar:

Charging is a penalty in ice hockey. It occurs when a player take more than three steps before checking an opposing player. It can vary in severity from a two minute minor penalty, a double-minor of four minutes, a major penalty of five minutes, a match penalty, or even a suspension if the opposing player becomes injured as a result of the charge.

The other involves the Flyers, who are apparently Hellbent on returning to the Broad Street Bullies reputation they've held in the past. Jesse Boulerice is going to get 25 games from rearranging the Canucks' Ryan Kessler's face.

What is going through the minds of some of these players? If this is what's going on in October, what's going to be happening later in the season when teams have started playing other teams in their divisions 5 or 6 times?

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