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OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 6:22 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

Tom Kuhnhackl is a prospect in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and currently plays for the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League. During a game over the weekend against the Kitchener Rangers, he leveled Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ryan Murphy behind the net with a hit that gained quite a bit of attention for its violence.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Kuhnhackl has been suspended for 20 games by the league.

This is the play that earned him the banishment:



Just about everything Kuhnhackl could have done wrong here, he did. He appeared to leave his feet prior to the hit and delievered an elbow to the head. It's not all that different from a hit delivered by Steve Downie on Dean McAmmond during a preseason game a few years ago that also resulted in a 20-game banishment.

Kuhnhackl was the Penguins' fourth-round draft pick last season and recorded 68 points in 63 games with the Windsor Spitfires during the 2010-11 season. After opening this season with Windsor, he was traded to Niagara. Hockey's Future currently has him listed as the No. 4 prospect in the Penguins farm system.

Murphy was selected by the Hurricanes in the first round of the 2011 draft, 12th overall, following a season that saw him score 26 goals and record 53 assists.

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Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:38 am
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

So Murphy is partly to blame because he was bent over playing the puck? Really? Do you play hockey? That is the position you take when you are stopping, collecting the puck and getting ready to move it. What was he supposed to do? Just run away? I was thirty feet away from this hit and it was one of the most disgusting plays I have ever seen. Kuhnhackl came flying in from the Rangers' blueline, left his feet and led with his elbow directly to the head. It was basically a flying blindside headshot against a totally defenseless, stationary player. He is lucky Murphy got up right away or he would be gone for way more than twenty games. It must take an exceptional idiot to have 3 or 4 seconds to decide whether or not to make a dangerous hit and then do it anyway.
Yes I do play and Im also not a Rangers homer. I dont believe that you can say the same dsmith. Once Murphy misplayed the puck nehind his own net he needs to pick his head up, shouldve already had his head up anyway. Obviously the forecheckers are coming in and will bundle the d-man if his head is down. Its unfortunate that Kuhnhackl made contact w/ Murphy's head and as Ive already posted it warrants a suspension but Murphy most certainly played a part in this. It was a hard forecheck that wouldve been avoided had Murphy cleanly picked the puck up w/ his head up. I think youre sensationalizing this hit and making it far worse than it is because its against your team. This is nothing compared to some of the malicious hits in the NHL.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:23 am
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

Thanks Pens_StanleyCup hope I win it this year. 
You just might, but there are a lot of others in the running.  Anyone who wishes the end of any players career - like saying you hope the player jacked up his knee is an idiot.  There are players I hate with the intensity of a thousand white hot suns, but I would never wish them to be hurt.... never.


If not wanting a Matt Cooke version 2 on the Pen's payroll makes me a d bag I consider that a compliment.
This wasn't even close to Matt Cooke v2, and quite frankly he has at least been on best behavior since his suspension, so maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Going to my earlier point wishing injury on anyone is stupid.


I apologize but my Pen's homer glasses must be broken because everything about that play looks dirty to me. 
If you are saying I am a homer for saying that it wasn't a 20 game suspension in my opinion so be it.  When you give the death penalty for borderline hits such as this, elbows down - never left his skates you don't leave a lot of room for big sanctions when the guy does do those things.  I agree suspension is warranted


At the very least it was a incredibly reckless play that could of ended other players career.  
Yet you wish for him to end his career.  To my earlier point your comment is in the running, and defending it only enhances your candidacy.



Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:36 pm
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

wow so its dudes fault for not keeping his head up never mind guy the  skated 25 feet looking to nail somebody to the boards,then limps off cause he knows that was an gosh aweful  dangerous hit,



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:05 pm
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

The first thing you are taought in body contact hockey is to keep your head up.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:44 pm
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

Thanks Pens_StanleyCup hope I win it this year.  If not wanting a Matt Cooke version 2 on the Pen's payroll makes me a d bag I consider that a compliment.

I apologize but my Pen's homer glasses must be broken because everything about that play looks dirty to me.  At the very least it was a incredibly reckless play that could of ended other players career.  



Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:16 pm
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

You might want to watch the replay a couple of more times. Yes, it was a bad hit and deserved suspension. However, I think it was more of simple recklessness than intent. First, Kuhnhackl's elbow never even came up to his own shoulder. Second, he came in full speed from the blue line chasing the puck. He was maybe 15 feet away when Murphy first handled the puck. Third, if he would have put a shoulder into Murphy, instead of an elbow, I believe the hit would have been even more devastating and also legal (leaving feet excluded, please see next comment). It looks like he left is feet in a poor decision of not knowing what to do, or how to abort the imminent collision. Last, any player who keeps his head down while turning to play the puck behind the net is bound to get his clock cleaned. Regardless, hope both players return healthy.




Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:11 pm
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

Kuhnhackl came flying in from the Rangers' blueline
so? 

left his feet
I suggest you pause the hit at point of impact, he only left his feet after initial impact.

led with his elbow directly to the head
I will say that it was his forearm, but again when you are 5' nothing getting hit by a guy mid 6' tall it will happen.  His elbows were down until the impact it was all forearm.... not quite a Matt Cooke type driving the elbow through the guys head.

He is lucky Murphy got up right away or he would be gone for way more than twenty games.
I disagree, I think he got the max for this hit.  Again, I think that there are worse hits, and maxing this one out doesn't give you a lot of room to play with on really blatant intent to injure plays.

It must take an exceptional idiot to have 3 or 4 seconds to decide whether or not to make a dangerous hit and then do it anyway.
A little over the top.

Look - I agree it should be a suspension, but this is hardly the most blatant hit ever made and to describe it as such is simply sensationalizing.  Whether or not you were 30' or 3000 miles away from the hit is irrelevant, pause at point of impact, dangerous yes.... but hardly the criminal act you are describing.



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:15 pm
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

So Murphy is partly to blame because he was bent over playing the puck? Really? Do you play hockey? That is the position you take when you are stopping, collecting the puck and getting ready to move it. What was he supposed to do? Just run away? I was thirty feet away from this hit and it was one of the most disgusting plays I have ever seen. Kuhnhackl came flying in from the Rangers' blueline, left his feet and led with his elbow directly to the head. It was basically a flying blindside headshot against a totally defenseless, stationary player. He is lucky Murphy got up right away or he would be gone for way more than twenty games. It must take an exceptional idiot to have 3 or 4 seconds to decide whether or not to make a dangerous hit and then do it anyway.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:08 pm
 

OHL player suspended 20 games for head shot

Hope Kuhnhackl jacked up his knee for good this time.


A new nominee for d-bag comment of the year.


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Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:39 pm
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