Posts Tagged ‘Victor Hedman’

NHL stars Zetterberg, Hedman speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws

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Red Wings' star Henrik Zetterberg remains vocal about Russia's anti-gay controversy. [AP]

Red Wings’ star Henrik Zetterberg remains vocal about Russia’s anti-gay controversy. [AP]

By Allan Muir

It wasn’t long after Russia announced that the country’s law criminalizing “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” would be enforced during the 2014 Sochi Olympics that the clock started ticking on how long it would take the first athlete to come out against it.

American runner Nick Symmonds was first across the line, dedicating the silver medal he won at the track and field World Championship in Moscow to his LGBT friends. “As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them,” Symmonds told Russia’s R-Sport. “Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested.”

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  • Published On Aug 16, 2013
  • SHANABANNED! Joffrey Lupul gets two games for Victor Hedman head shot

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    By Allan Muir

    Joffrey Lupul has played brilliantly in his first two games back with the Maple Leafs since missing most of the season with a broken arm.

    We’ll have to wait a while to see if that hot streak continues into game three.

    Lupul was handed a two-game suspension today by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for a wildly blatant head shot on Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman in last night’s 4-2 Toronto win.

    “As the video shows, after Hedman passes the puck, Lupul approaches from the side and recklessly targets Hedman’s head by elevating and making it the principal point of contact,” Rob Blake said in the DPS’ explanatory video.

    By “elevating,” Blake means Lupul left the ice prior to making contact, which he pretty much had to do to avoid slamming into the 6-foot-6 Hedman’s elbow. But once a player “leaves his feet,” he’s asking for trouble from DPS.

    Fortunately, Hedman wasn’t hurt on the play and that, combined with Lupul’s absence from the league’s Big Book O’ Mug Shots, added up to the two-gamer and the forfeiture of more than $45,000 in salary.

    Was it a fair call? As the season goes on, it’s getting tougher and tougher to compare one suspension to another, but taken on it’s own merits, this one passes the smell test.

  • Published On Mar 21, 2013
  • Joffrey Lupul knocks Victor Hedman’s block off with the commish in the house

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    By Allan Muir

    Good thing the Maple Leafs know how to play without Joffrey Lupul. They could be doing a bit more of it very soon.

    Lupul, who just returned to action Saturday after missing the last two months of the season with a broken arm, is all but certain to be suspended after a flagrant elbow to the noggin of Tampa defender Victor Hedman Wednesday night.

    This head shot was so blatant it’s sure to end up on the league’s how-not-to video compilation.

    Was the hit late? Check.

    Was the head the principal point of contact? Check.

    Did his skates leave the ice prior to the hit? Oh yeah, they do.

    The only mitigating factor in Lupul’s defense is that Hedman, though clearly dazed in the aftermath, was able to return to action later in the period. Hopefully he won’t have any late-onset symptoms in the next 24 hours.

    As for Lupul, well, the timing couldn’t have been worse. He was brilliant in his return on Saturday, netting a pair of goals against the Jets, and scored the opening tally in Toronto’s 4-2 win over the Bolts tonight. He was clearly feeling it after that lengthy layoff. Now he’s likely to be out for 2-3 games, which would include a critical home-and-home duet with the Boston Bruins.

    And speaking of bad timing: It’s probably best not to knock the block off an opponent when Gary Bettman, Colin Campbell and half of the NHL’s heirarchy are in the building.

  • Published On Mar 20, 2013