Maybe the NHL should take a hint from youth hockey and put stop signs on everyone's backs.
It was unfortuneate that Cole put his head down, I guess he was falling forward alitte. That is why you NEVER put your head down when going into the boards. It can't be helped sometimes and this is what happens. I understand Brind 'Amour being pissed off about this but anymore than acouple of games is unjust in this case. Hitting from behind is not allowed but if Cole had his head up that is only a 2-minute minor according to the NHL rules.
Ginger wrote:That's very generous of you to say...almost homeristic. Would you *honestly* say the same thing if Orpik was wearing different colors & Eric Cole was your player?
Don't attack the victim because he doesn't happen to be on your team.
Here's a good photo captured right at moment of impact.
Kind of like when Ouellete got hit from behind and got hurt but had the pressence of mind to keep his head up so he did'nt get seriously injured and we are not all wasteing time typing about other players who get more seriously injured because they keep their heads down when a Kasparish player is right behind them.
Take your medicine Cole, don't be a ***** and turtle. I am sitting here with a messed up neck of my own because I got hit from behind in a game but STILL had my head up enough to avoid possibly being paralyzed and do I hold a grude? I was pissed but I also cross checked a guy from behind earlier in that same game. Hockey is a tough sport, there are big angry men with sticks and those boards DO not move. Not to mention sharp skates and a frozen rubber disk that flys at your face and balls 100 mph.
I can't wait till the doctors clear me to play. **** Cole!
NIN wrote:Well thanks for your kind words I will know more tommarrow (waiting a month for a neck specialist is insane!) about my situation. I am sure Cole will be fine. He probably got some vertibrae jammed-which is never a good thing- but hopefully he will be back in action soon. Everyone should be very releived that he is OK enough to skate opff the ice.
Broken neck, jammed vertebrae same thing. Keep your harp tuned for when someone gets paralized out there. Don't worry it will happen soon enough because players like Cole will keep there heads down. Oh sure it will be another black eye for the sport, but wihtout hitting what is hockey? I changed my mind about Orpik being able to let up, it was too fast a play and there was nothing he could have done. Orpik isn't trying to cripple people but he can't help it if he is stronger than most and does a ton of damage when hitting. Orpik makes that hit 2 or 3 times a game when he is playing well and everybody cheers and the play continutes. So should Orpik slow his game down or should players keep there heads up? I am a victim of a hit from behind and you could say my neck is broke too. If the definition is bones that arent where they should be is broken then its broke. It was a dirty hit but at the same time I did'nt do enough to prepare myself for the hit. I did'nt pick my head up fast enough and I got hurt. Also it doesnt help that im not exactly a model athlete and that guy is a tank.