Yesterday, in the NHL playoffs, Eric Gryba hit Lars Eller, leaving him bleeding on the ice:
With 6:37 remaining in the second period of Game 1 of the first round Eastern Conference playoff series between the Canadiens and Senators, Eller was looking back to receive a pass from teammate Raphael Diaz when Gryba delivered a high, hard hit. Eller dropped to the ice near the Canadiens’ blue line and lay motionless as blood pooled beneath his face. According to NHL.com, Canadiens medical personnel prevented Eller from getting up. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Gryba was hit with a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.
The story’s graphic, of couse, as is video of the incident:
So, is hockey too violent? I’ll say no – both fans and officials react against Gryba’s conduct – he’s both booed from the crowd and penalized for the hit. There’s a fan and official rejection of Eric Gryba that speaks well of the sport.
What do you think?