Game 64: Post-Game Notes

I’m exhausted, so I don’t know if I’ll have a full post-game notes in me…youtube.com/mashmore98 already has the shootout videos uploaded.

Spoke to Jackals head coach Robbie Nichols after the game, and he told me that Michael Dubuc has a bad concussion and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Dubuc felt some pain in his neck — Nichols said the hit was more to the jaw — but that the stretcher was more for precautionary measures. He agreed that the hit was a clean one as well. None the less, a very scary scene in Trenton tonight.

I’ll have more, at the latest, by tomorrow.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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4 Responses to “Game 64: Post-Game Notes”

  1. Bob Smyth Says:

    It is time for all hits to the head, at all levels, be outlawed. Southorn’s hit was well within the rules, but those rules need to be changed. The only exception would be, as may have been the case with Southorn, if the player receiving the hit lowers his head just prior to impact. I concede that this might be hard to be determined by the refs, but something’s got to be done, or a player’s going to be paralyzed, or worse.

  2. Ashmore Says:

    Wasn’t a hit to the head, really. Whatever the rules are/end up being, there should never be anything wrong with what he did.

  3. Titans04 Says:

    imo good clean hit terrible result. Not sure how you could ever legislate that out of the game. The timing and the position that Dubuc put his own head in made up for the perfect storm.

  4. Shtikl Says:

    I just hope Dubuc makes a fast and complete recovery. Damned shame that he got hurt, no matter how.

    Sure, review the hit after the fact. Change the rules to make the game safer (like mandatory face shields and no-touch icing, for instance), and punish the outright dirty hits. But short of banning the sport, there’s no way to make hockey completely safe. The best way to make sure it’s *reasonably* safe is to make sure the team’s and league’s insurance policies cover the cost of the long-term disabilities that sometimes result from the game. When the owners pay for the risk the players take, you know the rules will be “right-sized”.

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