Wings Brendan Smith Suspended for Illegal Hit On Ben Smith


(Charles Cherney / Associated Press)


Although I believe the hit was ultimately the result of bad decision-making by a rookie (a stick check and/or riding Ben Smith towards the boards would’ve been the correct play there), the suspension was completely deserved and necessary. If the players aren’t going to stop this kind of crap on there own, the league needs to enforce severe and consistent penalties for the offenders.

Doing away with the instigator penalty might help too, but unfortunately that’ll never happen. I guarantee a 170lb rookie would think twice before going for a highlight reel hit if he knew swift justice might follow.

You can read the full article at

Red Wings’ Smith suspended for remainder of preseason and five regular-season games

“Shanahammer’s” video explaining the suspension will be released later today. I’ll post it here too.


Tags: Ben Smith Brendan Smith Chicago Blackhawks Detroit Red Wings Shanahan Suspension

  • DaleHalas

    You know the league could just start to actually call charging again. If the players have gotten too big and the speed has gotten too fast, just calling charges removes all of that.

    This Smith kid was skating backwards, turns around and makes six power strides then tries to “coast” for about 5 feet before he tries to put in an eviscerating hit. Seriously? Just call charging on the guy even if he makes a “legal” hit and most of this stuff just goes away.

  • verge

    What do you need the instigator rule eliminated for? So someone can retaliate? Concussion for concussion, is that how it works?

    The guy is being penalized. He may never make it to the NHL now, since he won’t even be eligible to play his first five games. Not that I care.

    What this league needs is some big, badass referees. Maybe hire some former enforcers. Actually have the officials enforce something for a change!

    The NHL is trying to clean up its act right now, probably in part because they have an opportunity to attract some jilted NBA fans to the fold this year (a huge market that doesn’t want to watch people literally smashing each other’s faces into splinters). Time for the NHL to gain some class; something that, as long as they’ve allowed bare-knuckle fighting, they’ve never truly had.

    And yes, I have played quite a bit of hockey, but haven’t since I severed my Achilles tendon (twice) years back. Spent five years speed skating, ten years bodybuilding, eight years moving furniture, two years in Tae Kwon Do and a decade in the Chicago rock/blues scene as a drummer. I’ve been in many fights, and have had both knives and guns pointed at me on multiple occasions.

    So don’t even try it. Fighting is for self-defense, not entertainment.

  • 123flapjack124

    Oh My God I was there when that happen it was epic