Bettman: ''Pacioretty injury is horrible, but part of the game.''
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03-10-2011, 12:55 PM
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He actually said that the majority of concussions come from "accidents or players falling."
At the NHL level, which is all he has any authority to speak from, when's the last time saw a concussion from EITHER of those things?
...or is he lumping "thrown down," "fall with someone on top of you during fight," and "thrown into a stanchion" into "fall down and accident?"
I don't even know how to respond.
If you cross-check someone from behind and his head goes flying in the board, clearly the board landed the hit, not the player. Or the ice after he fell face first on it.
Either way, the cross-check didn't hurt the head and didn't cause the concussion.
Pretty simple logic no? Bettman thinks it makes sense anyway.
Bettman already classified Chara on Pacioretty's hit as an accident. Cooke on Savard? No suspension, it's an accident. Richards on Booth? No suspension, it's an accident. Crosby? Was there a suspension? Ofc not, it was an accident.
It's pretty easy for him to raise the accident count of his little Excel file.
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