Andy Sutton Hits Jordan Leopold

April 16, 2010 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Videos

Andy Sutton caught Jordan Leopold tonight with one of the most forceful body checks that we’ve seen this season.  Leopold lay unconscious on the ice following the collision, while Sutton continued his momentum through Leopold with such force that he knocked the gate to the penalty box open.

Regardless of whether or not this hit was ‘technically’ clean, as I believe it was, it did result in a head injury.  Even with the new headshot rule, each hit resulting in a head injury will be debated with respect to the ‘intent’ to target the head. The determination of ‘intent’ will likely be the next hot topic in instances like this.

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The NHL ruled that there would not be a suspension on this play.

Here is a comment on the hit from Kuklas Korner reader, Primis:

It was not a blindside hit, Sutton was coming from at about 11-o-clock, or maybe 10:30 on Leopold’s fore.  The fact that Leopold wasn’t looking that way is hardly Sutton’s fault.

The puck is there.

I believe Leopold’s head DID hit Sutton’s arm (in the bicep region), but that is more Leopold’s fault than Sutton’s.  If Leopold has his head up, that doesn’t happen.

Sutton doesn’t *have* to make that hit, but it also doesn’t make it illegal.  And Sutton’s so friggin’ huge and Leopold small enough that it’s going to end poorly for Jordan every time, no way around it.

Get your head up next time, Jordan.

What are your thoughts on this hit?

Do you think the new headshot rule will cause debates about ‘intent’ to target the head?


4 Comments on "Andy Sutton Hits Jordan Leopold"

  1. Shaunheiser (Shaun Heiser) on Fri, 16th Apr 2010 11:06 pm 

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    @nhldigest I think it’s impossible to measure intent by watching a replay, unfortunately. Lesson for Leopold: keep your head up.

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  2. Shaunheiser (Shaun Heiser) on Sat, 17th Apr 2010 1:07 am 

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    @nhldigest I think the biggest mistake the NHL can make is leaving rules with a gray area, bc it takes leverage (cont)

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  3. Eric on Sat, 17th Apr 2010 10:34 am 

    If the NHL starts legislating on intent, then it’s time to pack it up and call it a league. As soon as it becomes subjective, there will be double-guessing, “the league is out to get us conspiracies”, and the like. As it is, under the current watch, if it was Sid absorbing that hit, this would be a VERY different debate, if a debate at all; Sutton would be suspended indefinitely.

  4. Stevie on Sat, 12th Jun 2010 10:35 pm 

    Huge, legal, nasty hit. Brutality is part of this game.
    Don’t like to see players get hurt, but it happens in
    hockey. Indeed, keep your head up.

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