Ice Hockey's Newest Black Eye.
During a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins, Matt Cooke blindsided Marc Savard and sneaked a violent shoulder check directly to the side of his head. Savard went to the ground, seriously hurt.
Marc Savard suffers from a ''grade two'' concussion and could miss the remainder of the regular season. All eyes were on Colin Campbell in hope of an exemplary suspension for Matt Cooke. Many fans want those type of hits banned or seriously punished.
After a couple of days, the league took a decision. The NHL will not suspend Matt Cooke for his disgusting hit to Marc Savard's head. And the worse came in the explanation of the decision. Cooke wasn't suspended because another player committed a similar infraction earlier this season and wasn't punished either. The kind of illogical thinking that kept the NHL where it is right now: in the gutter.
The decision took many by surprise and angered Montreal Canadiens' Maxim Lapierre. Lapierre was suspended 4 games a few days ago by the league for a minor push in the back without serious consequences. Once again, where is the logic?
In the past, the consequences and the type of player committing the infraction influenced the board's decisions. In the past, we often saw an average player receive a more severe suspension than a star player did for similar actions.
Today we roll the dices and add a new twist. It's not who hits, but who's hitted.
Matt Cooke is known for being capable of the worse but at the same time we know that Marc Savard has some temper and likes to trash talk with his opponents.
Did Savard's reputation caught up with him in this incident? If it did, it is a shame.
(Picture: Marc Savard.)