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12-28-2012, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Rielly Good View Post
Its not just slovaks, its most european hockey players not in the NHL
I disagree. It was something I had never seen before from any team. If they saw the attacker coming towards them in a hitting position, they immediately put their head down to take the hit. I'm not sure if it was an attempt to try and get penalties, but it was extremely dangerous.

Originally Posted by 4evaBlue View Post
I don't think it's an issue exclusive to Europeans. There are enough instances of NHL players turning into the boards to try to avoid a hit to refute that claim.

Hall is a great example of a player who knowingly puts himself into vulnerable positions quite often (Doughty's hipcheck to Hall's head, etc). Our very own Grabovski is another.
That's not the type of action i was talking about. Turning away from a hit is much different than ducking into one. Turning away from a hit is a natural action of evasion to take and not something I have a problem with at all. IMO, we need to teach players to react to that action like we teach them to react to a goalie's poke-check on a breakaway. So many times the hit from behind when someone turns away towards the boards happens in easily enough time to at least let up enough to prevent serious injury, but the attacker instead continues to steamroll through the player.

Ducking into a hit, on the other hand, in something that is much harder to react to, as it's a single part of the player's body (head) that is moving, instead of the whole body as happens when they turn away from a hit. I've never played at a high level myself so I can't say for sure, but I'd imagine the hitter is not looking at the head when they throw a hit, or at least they shouldn't be.

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