I've played amateur hockey for almost 30 years, and I can tell you that at 5'7", I have always had to pick my fights carefully. No, I've never swung a stick like Kessel did when an opponent was otherwise engaged, nor have I ever speared someone. But if someone with a reputation and half a foot taller than I and several dozen pounds heavier were to line up opposite me, tell me that he was going to kick my ass, and then drop his gloves and come after me with a purpose, well, I'm not sure how I would react.
Last edited by AngelEyes; September 24th, 2013 at 04:24 PM.
It's a completely different era, and this is a completely different situation. I'm not sure what point you're even trying to make here. Are you saying it's OK for Probert to have hit a guy down like that?
To everyone who is saying, "Oh, that spear hardly touched him."
You're all full of it. The very action of a spear is sufficient to receive a match penalty. Even if no contact is made. It's in the rules that way for a reason. It's probably the most dangerous thing you can do on the ice.
To do it while the target is tied up in an altercation is beyond scumbag low. Kessel should get at last 10 games.
The Leafs and linesmen that jumped on Scott seemed to handle him fine. Then Kessel sees an opportunity to exact revenge on a guy who said was going to fight him, but never had a chance. And then he goes back once more after it's all over and Scott is still tied up by a linesman.
I don't expect that kinda bitch play from anyone, to be honest.
Well, maybe Corey Perry.
What's most interesting to me is Scott's quotes after the game. It's from him, so take it with a grain of salt, but he said he told Kessel he had to fight him, and Kessel said OK. In Kessel's interviews, he never said he turned down Scott, he just kept on saying "What was I supposed to do?" So if Kessel agrees, then really what right does he have to be pissed about Scott trying to fight him? Just say no and skate away. Don't plan on swinging your stick as many times as you can.
Last edited by FishMonger; September 23rd, 2013 at 05:36 PM.