Lets Look at Bogosian’s Hit – Should He Be Suspended?

| December 14, 2011 | 4 Comments

So the Jets pulled out a great win last night but what every one wants to talk about is the Bogosian hit on Bouchard and should the D man be suspended.

Lets watch it first and then we can discuss a few things.

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So lets be honest it was a brutal hit and did deserve a penalty. He extended his arms which is automatic. He also drew blood so I can see where the major and the game misconduct came from. Now the question is should he be suspended for the hit?

Lets take a look at the NHL rulebook first.

41.1 Boarding – A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently in the boards. The severity of the penalty, based upon the impact with the boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee.

There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the Referees. The onus is on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position and if so, he must avoid or minimize the contact. However, in determining wheter such contact could have been avoided, the circumstances of the check, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check or whether the check was unavoidable can be considered. This balance must be considered by the Referees when applying this rule.

I think we can concede that Bogosian hit Bouchard in a way that caused him to go violently into the boards. The question now is was Bouchard a defenseless player? Watch the video again. Its best if you turn off the audio so you don’t have to listen to the broadcasters.

Bouchard has the puck behind the net and  is facing towards Bogosian when Bogo begins the check.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets move a few frames up. Bogosian is initiating the hit as Bouchard starts to turn towards the boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now Bogosian is fully committed to the check and Bouchard has turned completely into the boards. All of which took less than a second.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So lets go back to the rules for a second. There is a very important part that will be used to decide what if any punishment Bogosian gets.

However, in determining wheter such contact could have been avoided, the circumstances of the check, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check or whether the check was unavoidable can be considered.

Did Bouchard turn and put himself into a vulnerable position? If you look at the screen caps you have to say yes. Bogosian’s only fault was extending his arms at the end. The hit itself was unavoidable and the onus is on Bouchard not to put himself in a defenseless position.

As a former ref I have to agree with the call on the ice and believe that no further punishment is necessary.

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  1. Valerie says:

    Craig, I could agree with you if the game were “bulldozer” instead of hockey. Bouchard was working the puck in an effort to play the game of hockey. Now, Bogosian may have already committed to the check, but it wasn’t a shoulder to anything check. It was a crosscheck into the boards. Face first, sideways, backwards… it’s still a dirty move and should be penalized by a suspension. Bouchard has a broken nose and will not play in tonight’s game. Seems only fair that the player that caused the injury with an illegal hit should also have to miss a game.

  2. Craig Knapp says:

    If you look at the screenshot you can clearly see that Bouchard turned after Bogosian was already committed to the check. Did he extend his arms yes. Thats what he got the 5 and the game for but the player being hit has to take some responsibility to not put himself in a defenseless position.

    Thanks for your comment

  3. Valerie says:

    I absolutely disagree. Bouchard was playing the puck, which is why his back was turned and left him vulnerable. Playing the puck – that’s a hockey move, in case you were unaware. Bogosian’s arms were extened and he was holding his stick in both hands, which makes the boarding a crosscheck. It was a sleazy move and he should be suspended for it. Bogosian managed to get away with a cheap shot a few weeks ago and maybe now thinks he is above the rules? With Bouchard’s face plant into the boards, Bogosian is lucky that he didn’t cause a more serious injury than a busted face and some stitches.
    I think it would be fair if he was suspended for a minimum of one game, and if the injured player misses more games, then the suspension should equal the number of games missed by the injured player.

  4. Mark Snowdon says:

    Agree 100%, I am sick of defensive players turning their back on incoming players trying to draw a penalty. This one did not work out so well for Bouchard, and he may think twice about doing that again. Well played game by the Jets, and if the opportunity to hit a player behind the net happens again I hope Bogo doesn’t hold back. He is improving with every game from where I sit.

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