Photo: Dan Hamhuis Head-Hunting On Dave Bolland

After this hit, Dave Bolland was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Which is laughable, considering all he did was stare at Dan Hamhuis.

Keep in mind that Hamhuis suffered two concussions of his own this year, and he then took this run at Bolland in the corner.

We’ll see if the league office cares enough to do anything about one concussion-case running at another, considering he wasn’t behind the net in the “anything goes” area.

Thanks to @wyshynski for posting the pic on Twitter.

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5 Responses to Photo: Dan Hamhuis Head-Hunting On Dave Bolland

  1. JB says:

    Minutes later Edler throws an elbow into Brouwer’s head. Very classy Vancouver. Seems like they are trying to beat us by taking everyone out 1 player at a time.

  2. Chris Sykes says:

    Bolland got the unsportsmanlike for smashing his stick twice over the boards and even more likely for yelling some type of obscenity towards the officials.

  3. Jay says:

    Bolland got the call for slamming his stick repeatedly on the boards and yelling at the ref..

    Nonetheless, dirty move from a guy that missed a good chunk of the season with a concussion himself.. If players don’t care about concussions, and GM’s obviously don’t care.. Why should the fans?

  4. Steve from Rockford says:

    The NHL concussion policy is a damn joke. On both ends, it gives teams and incentive to try to hide concussions (which has happened in football) and the inconsistency of the calls and suspensions give players like Edler and incentive to take out a player like Bolland, who is making a major difference in a series. Maybe Edler will get suspended, maybe he will not, obviously he thought taking the chance to be worth it.

    You then get a guy like Raffi Torres, who doesn’t have any real skill and you have a person taking shots at everybody whenever. He gets suspended, so what? He might not even play in the next game anyway. But if he gets away with it, than even better.

    Obviously you can not expect anything from Bettman’s NHL administration. They cannot get anything right. However, something they do have to get right is this policy. If they are choosing to attempt to protect the players, than they need to get it right. As we learn more and more about the damaging effects of concussions and are now seeing examples of people with multiple ones later in life it becomes even more important.

    They need to really work on this over the offseason. The players and the fans deserve it. Obviously, the players themselves have to buy into it, but they are not going too if it remains as inconsistent.

  5. eternal_fields says:

    If players don’t care about concussions, and GM’s obviously don’t care.. Why should the fans?

    I’m new here, so I don’t know if you are serious or not.

    But in answer to your question, Bolland showed that players do care about concussions.

    Further, I think parents who sacrifice plenty to have their kids play the sport shouldn’t have to worry about adding “brain damage” to the list of sacrifices.

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