VOORHEES, N.J. — Scottie Upshall didn’t think he was going to be penalized for his check on Tampa Bay’s Evgeni Artyukhin, but the morning after being slapped with a major penalty and a game misconduct, Upshall found himself talking to NHL discipline boss Colin Campbell.
Upshall wasn’t suspended, or even fined, but he was given a stern talking to by Campbell who is on a mission to take dangerous hits and eradicate them from the league entirely.
“I’m glad I’m not suspended, but I definitely don’t think I should have been kicked out of the game,” Upshall said. “(Campbell) wanted me to try my best to let up on guys who are in a vulnerable position and that’s what I try to do. He said we’re not going to suspend you, but we’re trying to crack down on these hits.
“I was definitely disappointed (with the misconduct), but I’m not a guy who is going to shy away from finishing his checks. Obviously a line has to be drawn in the sand when it comes to hitting from behind, but I tried to hit him as legally as possible. I didn’t think that he was going to take a beating because of his size, but I guess he was pretty sore afterward.”
This is the Weight hit on Sutter mentioned in the article:
The writer calls it "brutal" and Tripp Tracy calls it "a clean hit."
The Weight hit was 100% clean. It was an unfortunate incident, but there's not a single god damn thing Weight did wrong there. I mean...my god, do people think there is somehow going to magically be a way to remove all unfortunate incidents from the game?? **** is going to happen sometimes, especially when a player does something like Sutter did there.