Of course, the discussion today is the incredible Kronwall hit. Unfortunately, it's not about how impressive it is, but rather, it's whether Kronwall should be find himself the target of supplemental discipline.
After taking a long look at this hit, I have to say, there's no way that this hit was anything but clean and I've gone frame by frame to take a look at it.
Check it out after the jump.
Here's Kronwall lining up Voracek. Notice his body positioning. His shoulder is completely pointed towards Kronwall at the moment.
Kronwall has started his progression towards the hit. Voracek's head is sort of down, but he should be able to see Kronwall coming. Note that Kronwall's shoulder is still pointed towards Voracek's shoulder.
Right before the hit. Note that Voracek's shoulders have turned and he moved his head right into Kronwall's path. He's started to skate forward, with his head down, leading his body.
Here's just as before contact is made. Notice how Voracek is leading with his head, essentially making it impossible for him to be hit without contact to his head.
The next frame is during the hit. Kronwall has turned to he hit him with the back of his shoulder rather than the more dangerous front. In addition, notice the full body contact made. There is no intent to hit the head, just to hit the body. Skate on the ice, elbows down, and full body contact.
Result of skating with your head down without a clue of who else is on the ice? Yardsale. And, by the way, this entire sequence happened in less than a second.
In summary, Kronwall was lined up for a hit to Voracek's shoulder, when Voracek turned his head into Kronwall's body at the last second. Voracek lead with his head down, ahead of his body, making it so the only contact that was possible was a hit to the head. Kronwall kept his arms and elbows down, skates on the ice and actually turned his shoulder away from Voracek's head so that he actually hit the back of his shoulder.
In the end, at least in this blogger's opinion, this was a textbook legal hit. If Kronwall can't make this hit, then players with their head down would be essentially unhittable from the front, totally eliminating the need to keep your head up and giving the lazy players the advantage.
It would be a travesty to the game if this was suspendable.
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These hits are all nasty to watch and Kronwall has injured himself in the past learning to hit like this. He has also takes a few lessons from Bert and is turning his back more. I love these hits but hate to see anyone get injured. But I noticed in real time that Kronwall changed his angle to ease at least a little of the force on the hit. They all are brutal but he does his best to make it as clean as he can.
Thanks for the breakdown of the hit. Kronwall is getting a well deserved reputation as a physical presence on the ice.
I'm a Flyers fan, and I think that it certainly was a legal hit. Voracek turned at the last second and got rung up. Voracek sees it that way as well. Rule 48 gives leeway to head contact that absolves the hitter if the player hit puts himself in a vulnerable position immediately before contact.
I agree, thanks for the input Jsaq. My wife and are were just discussing if this had happened to a wings player, we would have some of us fans screaming for blood, and the others would agree that it was a legal hit. People are people in the end.
Great work picking the camera angle that obscures the fact that he was over 10 feet away and had plenty of time to hit him, go after the puck, or do any number of things other than try to smash his skull open
10 feet is a luxury! If you have your head up then you would see whats 10 feet in front of you and avoid it. IF YOU SKATE WITH YOUR HEAD DOWN, BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN! Voracek even agrees... For fans and a team that prides themselves in being called "The Broad Street Bullies" you folks sure as heck do whine alot.
so, by that logic, Voracek was over 10 feet away and had plenty of time to get his head up and see/avoid/brace for kronwall
@MJ So you'd rather take hitting out of the game MJ? Because yeah, he could have poke checked the puck, but really, that's his only other choice there. Your position makes it so the safest position a player can have is skating with his head down in front of his body, effectively negating any hits on the front half of his body.
I decided to read what was being said on the NHL site about the hit and it was probably 5 minutes of my life I'll never get back. The blog (and this post) were mentioned on it, though! So many people calling Kronner a dirty player and a goon, personal insults and name calling-the standard fare for that site, I guess. I did add my opinion, though. This is what I said: "There is a reason I usually don't post on these things, and this is a prime example of said reason. That being said, I am a die hard Red Wings fan. I am not going to comment on the hit. What I will say is that it is a scientifically proven fact that the average every day citizen is NOT good at recalling details from something they've witnessed. Police investigators, doctors and psychologists will all say the same thing. The mind tends to fill in details that are not remembered which leads to false information. Other times, someone wants to remember something a certain way and the mind twists the event in question to fit that person's account of what really happened. So many people are getting worked up over this and every single person will have a different opinion of what happened, Red Wings fans and non Red Wings fans alike. The bottom line is that people will see what they want to see. Stop trying to convince someone of seeing things YOUR way because it's not going to happen."
Word is that he won't be suspended (obviously).
That hit was epic. Voracek is lucky he didn't tear an ACL or anything on the way down.
By the way - great breakdown of the hit.
On a somehwat related note - does anybody else feel that Kronwall should merit some Norris consideration this year?
Reposted on NHL.com. Honestly, reading NHL.com comments makes reading youtube feel like a Mensa meeting.
Lots of people seem to be able to telepathically diagnose a concussion too, didn't realise there were so many X-men out there.
If he gets suspended i will lose a lot of respect for the nhl. This hockey, a physical game, where the players know the risks involved and should look out for themselves accordingly. Don't turn it into soccer, where you need wet-suits for all the diving.