Those of you who don’t know or have forgotten what incident I am referring to, Perezhogin slashed Garrett Stafford in the face after he had fallen to the ice. The motion was clearly intentional, I remember watching the replay in horror, seeing Stafford go into convulsions on the ice.
Perezhogin was suspended for the remainder of the AHL season, however the NHL does not honor an AHL suspension unless it had to do with abuse of officials. Maybe I’m beating a dead horse here, but something much more should have been done. If I were a Montreal fan I would feel sickened to see such a player wear my team’s uniform.
Violence like the Bertuzzi-Moore incident and this one involving Perezhogin and Stafford should not be a part of the game. They are a black eye on the sport, worse than even a lockout season. Why do I say that these incidents are worse for hockey than a lockout? Despite how obvious the answer may be I’ll offer one. Casual hockey fans with a limited understanding of the game or those just becoming familiar with the game don’t understand the “acts of passion” we’ll call them that arise from in-game tension. They look at these intensely violent incidents and decide that hockey is a much too dangerous sport for their children to watch or play.]]>