The National Hockey League (NHL) has suspended Vancouver Canucks’ defenseman Aaron Rome for four games after a vicious late hit on Boston Bruins’ forward Nathan Horton during game three of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.
That means Rome will miss the remainder of the series – as will Horton, who sustained a severe concussion as a result of the brutal hit.
Miss it? Take a look …
Yeah … ouch.
The NHL ruled that Rome’s hit was “clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered.”
We agree – and support the suspension.
Hockey is the toughest, fastest and most bad-ass team sport on the planet – and brutal hits are part of the game (as is fighting). But there are rules that prevent late hits on players who aren’t in possession of the puck -and those rules get very specific when you’re talking about a blindside head shot.
In other words – it’s okay to concuss somebody as long as you do it within the rules. Which makes sense to us …
Of course that’s our opinion … the lovely Mrs. Sic (a lifelong Red Wings fan) feels differently.
“(Horton) should have kept his head up,” she said.
Vancouver leads Boston 2 games to 1 in this best-of-seven series. Game four is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. EDT, with Versus providing national television coverage.