The National Hockey League is continuing to play tough with players who are making illegal blows to the head.
Earlier this week, in the middle of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the NHL suspended Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux for one game, according to The New York Times.
His offense was making an ilegal blow to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus on Sunday.
Giroux defended his action, telling The Times, “I was just trying to finish my hit. My elbow was down. I didn’t jump. It’s a good thing he didn’t get hurt. But I’m a pretty honest player. I’m not a dirty player. I’m not there to hurt anybody.”
But Giroux apparently didn’t convince NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan, who offered an explanation of his decision to suspend Giroux on the league’s website. There is also slow motion video of Giroux’s hit to Zubrus.
“To summarize, this was an illegal check to the head,” Shanahan said of Giroux’s action.
Good decision, Shanahan.