Sunday, October 28, 2007

Randy Jones hit on Patrice Bergeron

Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron was taken off the ice on a stretcher Saturday after a scary hit from behind by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones.

Bergeron was chasing after a loose puck in the Flyers zone late in the first period when Jones closed in on him and drove his head into the boards with his forearm.

Jones was given a five-minute boarding penalty with a game misconduct.

At first glance, it looks like an ugly, dirty hit from behind. Bergeron's face was rammed face first into the ledge on the boards, and the latest reports say he has a broken nose and a concussion, but all feeling in his extremities.

Flyers defenseman Randy Jones issued the following statement"

“Words really can’t express the way that I feel right now. I am very apologetic for the hit and what I did. It was not intentional. It is something that I have never done before and it is not part of my character. I am extremely sorry. I hope he does ok and everything works out for him. I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.”

UPDATE: The NHL has given Randy Jones a 2 game suspension. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell says that he didn't believe Jones intended to injure Bergeron, but that he did deliver a "hard check to a player who was in a vulnerable position." I'm fine with that.


James said...

Really tough to watch, especially as a Bruins fan. It wasn't the dirtiest of hits I've ever seen, but when you're a backchecking player the onus is on you to not hit the guys in the back.

3rd Philly player in a month to go head-hunting. Something the league should start looking into? I have nothing against the Flyers, but if this pattern is something that is coached (I really hope it's all coincidental), that definitely needs to be addressed.

McSorley never suited up again after his indefensible hit on Brashear, you have to wonder if the league is going to start really taking a hard line with on-ice muggings.

Firestarter5 said...

I have to second what James said. This is the 3rd Flyer in a row to get nailed for this. What's going on?