Simon’s stomp, NHL’s response

December 19, 2007 at 9:08 pm Leave a comment

Another disheartening sports story, this one from the National Hockey League: The New York Islanders’ Chris Simon has stomped on an opposing player, Jarkko Ruutu of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Simon, FOX Sports reported, “drew a match penalty when he pulled out Ruutu’s leg with his, sending the forward to his knees between the team benches. He then stepped on the back of Ruutu’s leg with his skate, and was ejected.” 

The NHL suspended Simon for 30 games, a league record. He will lose almost $300,000 in salary during that time.

Things are still more civilized than the 1950s-era brawls between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. But the NHL should dismiss the Hanson Brothers approach entirely and adopt the cleaner play that characterizes hockey in Europe.

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