I was watching this dirty hit by Vancouver Canucks forward, Jake Virtanen on Carolina Hurricanes forward, Joakim Nordstrom, there was no call on the play. Actually, I am wondering why this hit didn’t at least get a hearing. Virtanen slams Nordstrom’s head into the boards.
According to NBC Sports, “Vancouver forward Jake Virtanen isn’t scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing after shoving the head of Carolina’s Joakim Nordstrom into the boards, the NHL has confirmed.”
This is what former NHL official Kerry Fraser had to say about this hit.
This type of deliberate, careless and dangerous form of illegal contact should redefine what constitutes an Illegal Head Check! At the very least this is a violation of roughing. It could be determined as boarding and if an injury had resulted a major and game misconduct would be the appropriate call. At the very top end of the scale, a player who slams his opponents head into the boards could be assessed a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure. (Kerry Fraser)
I agree with what Mr. Fraser, this should have been a major penalty and a game misconduct. There wasn’t even a penalty called on the play.