Kyle Clifford of the Los Angeles Kings has been fined $2756.41 for his knee on knee hit on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. Clifford attepted to hit Nugent-Hopkins along the boards but ended up colliding with his knee. RNH did a full somersault before lying prone on the ice for several minutes. Nugent-Hopkins was able to finish the game.
With all the head shots going around lately we often forget about the knee on knee hits which are just as dangerous. Although a knee injury is not seen as severe as a head injury each can have equally detrimental long-term effects on a player’s career. Ultimately the question is: Should Clifford have been suspended? In my opinion the fine is fair but what do you think? Vote in the poll and share your resoning in the comment box below, on twitter, or on facebook! And don’t forget to like us and follow us for all the latest NHL news!