Boogaard Suspended 5 Games for Elbow to the Head

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I got back from vacation earlier this week and had a chance to watch the Wild-Flames game on Friday night. It was a great game to watch until just under 2 minutes left in 3rd period when Minnesota goon Derek Boogaard ran Flames winger Brandon Prust into the boards with an ‘elbow to the head’.

It was a late hit, a dangerous hit and one that could have caused a major injury to Prust. The Flames staff commented that he suffered a concussion by the elbow, but this has not been confirmed at this point.

The NHL handed out a 5-game suspension to Boogaard for the incident, but I don’t think it will really change his play. He’s always been a goon and will always be a goon. Boogaard seeks not only to hit players every time he’s on the ice, but also to injure his opponents every time he’s out on the ice.

I think the suspension is a bit soft – I think 10 games would be sufficient for this incident. I don’t think 5 games really shows that the league is serious about deterring head shots.

In case you missed it, here’s the video:

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Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.


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