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Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen stretchered off ice after icing collision and Kurtis Foster didn’t like it one bit

- April 3rd, 2013

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen was stretchered off the ice Tuesday after a collision that occurred while chasing the puck for an icing call.

What’s more, it looks like Pitkanen’s season is over. From TSN’s Darren Dreger:

This incident is the latest example of the dangers of current icing rules, something Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kurtis Foster knows all too well. He suffered a broken left femur on such a play while playing for the Minnesota Wild in March 2008. From Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Here’s video of the Foster hit, which kept him out of action until February 2009:

The NHL made a minor change to the icing rule after the 2007-08 season in light of Foster’s injury. The league added to Rule 81: “Any contact between opposing players while pursuing the puck on an icing must be for the sole purpose of playing the puck and not for eliminating the opponent from playing the puck. Unnecessary or dangerous contact could result in penalties being assessed to the offending player.”

But you can tell from Foster’s reaction to the Pitkanen incident that it’s clearly wasn’t enough in his eyes. Time and again, players put themselves at risk hustling toward the unforgiving boards. Some of them get knocked down and don’t get back up. Like Foster. Like Pitkanen.

The NHL’s general managers discussed introducing a hybrid-icing system – where on-ice officials can blow the whistle if it’s clear the defending team will reach the puck first – as early as last month. Such a rule change, it’s believed, would reduce the number of dangerous collisions associated with icing.

Count on Pitkanen’s injury to be presented as evidence at the next GM meeting.

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1 comment

  1. Kelly Lamb | April 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I know what pitkanen feels like first hand.I shattered my heel bone (calcaneus) on Nov 7 2012 and had to have a cast on for 2 months,after that had to use an airwalker for a month. then a cane for a month. Have faith joni.it seems like your foot will never be the same, but it will, it just takes patience and about 4 months. PS stay away from those painkillers if possible, they are nothing but trouble. KL

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