The Carolina Hurricanes will be with out Kevin Westgarth for the next two games. Westgarth hit Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki from behind on November 24th. Borowiecki left the game, and was unable to return. After the game it was reported that Borowiecki had a stiff neck.
The hit came at the 7:55 of the first period. Westgarth received a two-minute boarding penalty for the hit. For his troubles Westgarth will “donate” $7,435.90 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in his explanatory video. “As a matter of fact, the brunt of the contact is between Westgarth’s knee and Borowiecki’s pants. Regardless, at no point after Westgarth changes directions is Borowiecki eligible to be checked. Borowiecki is completely vulnerable and it is perfectly reasonable that he would make an attempt to stand up.” USA Today
This is nothing new for the NHL. The Westgarth suspension is the 20th this season. There has also been four fines. So far this year there have been 70 man games lost to suspenshion and a total of $984,608.48 in lost pay.
At some point players are going to need to remember the correct way, and the correct time to deliver a check. This hit anyone and at any time style is going to end a career.
What do you think about the hit?