December 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Another cheap shot. Another player leaving the ice on a stretcher. Another apology. Boys will be boys, I guess. So when will we hold boys and men to a higher standard of masculinity (or at least a different one)? Or are we really okay with the status quo?
Tonight, Shawn Thornton threw an unwitting Brooks Orpik to the ice and then punched him in the face a few times before Orpik had to be stretchered off the ice. Thornton received a match penalty and luckily Orpik will be travelling back to Pittsburgh with the team. To read the NHL.com report of the incident is like reading the summary of a pre-season game.
Thornton and Orpik became involved after Bruins forward Brad Marchand, while on the ice, took a knee to the head from the Penguins forward James Neal.
Thornton was assessed a match penalty; he appeared to pull Orpik down and punch him while he was on the ice.
Orpik was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was alert and conscious, the Penguins announced. Orpik returned from the hospital and will travel with the team back to Pittsburgh, coach Dan Bylsma said after the game.
It is so matter of fact; it reads as if this is an every game occurrence. I mean, I get it, it’s supposed to be an informative article but there is not one ounce of rage, concern, or fear in this article from the league. In my opinion, every time incidents like this happen the NHL should be very afraid. Even CBS Sports writer, Chris Peters, writes “This infraction will definitely draw the attention of the league and could lead to a lengthy suspension for Thornton. This is an outright attack on Orpik that had seemingly disastrous results. There’s no place for this in the game or anywhere for that matter.” At a minimum the NHL could have at least thrown in a token statement like “this incident will be taken very seriously by the Department of Player Safety”. For a professional league that is under huge scrutiny with regards to player safety a little emotion would be welcome, even if fake.