Andy Sutton Hits Jordan Leopold
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.
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?