Patrick Kaleta's dirty cross-check from behind injures Brad Richards -

Patrick Kaleta’s dirty cross-check from behind injures Brad Richards

New York Rangers forward Brad Richards was going to retrieve a loose puck when Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta cross-checked him from behind.  This dirty hit from Kaleta earned him a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.  You can also guarantee there will be a suspension coming.  The only question that remains is how many games will it be.

There is no room in the game for senseless dirty hits like this.  Kaleta knew exactly what he was doing and that Richards was far enough away from the boards that if Richards went down he wouldn’t be able to stop himself.  Richards was holding his shoulder and my guess would be he either separated his shoulder or broke his collarbone, both of which would cause him to miss an extended period of time.  The Rangers ended up beating the Sabres in a shootout 3-2.



1 Comment

  1. Sickened
    March 9, 2013 - 

    Both Kaleta and Schnyder should be banned from hockey for life. Those type of reckless and blatantly dangerous hits, should never happen. Every player in the modern game, was brought up, knowing that this kind of hit, is dangerous, stupid, and reckless. There is absolutely no excuse for it to happen. Both guys are well aware of where the danger zone is for making contact, and they wantonly ignored it. No excuses, no justification whatsoever. They were gutless hits, and the only way to get the point through that it is not acceptable, is to kick people who do it out of the game. It’s one thing if they turn against the boards last second, but when all you see is numbers, and you hit them anyways, you’ve blatantly violated the rules, put someone’s life at risk, and shown recklessness that indicates that you cannot be trusted. Any other job, would fire you for those things. Why not hockey? The game does not need that kind of cheap and gutless play…ever. Get rid of ’em for not having the common sense to apply a safety principle that is taught at virtually every level of hockey, and globally.

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