Okay this picture makes Schenn look a bit villainous.

Those of you who have long-ish hockey memories may recall that back in May of 2012, Anton Volchenkov absolutely wrecked Brayden Schenn during his rookie season behind the net. I didn’t remember the hit until today when it suddenly occurred to me, “Hey, maybe the car accident of a hit from last night had a little deeper meaning to it.”

Here’s Volchenkov on Schenn less than a year ago:


Volchenkov throws thunderous body checks with consistency, and doesn’t seem like a guy you’d get on a tee for revenge too often. So last night, when Brayden Schenn hopped on the ice and saw Volchenkov digging the puck off the wall on his backhand side, you can’t fault him for licking his chops.

He steamrolled Volchenkov with what my Twitter mentions assured me was a suspendable, dirty hit.  Then I saw this McKenzie tweet…

…and figured I should give it another look. Here it is:

The .GIF form helps a lot:

My thoughts: I’ve made my feelings known about skates coming off the ice after a hit, but I’ll reiterate – when you go to hit someone hard, not just rub them out, you start low and drive up-and-through with your legs. The contact can cause the skates to come off the ice, so often people cry “jump!” when the player didn’t. However…Schenn seems to be coming up-and-through a little too early here, looking to get the extra pop, possibly because it was a guy he had on his hit list.

I’m sure you could grab a screenshot of some incidental contact with the head, but I don’t think he targeted the head. The whole thing screams grey area to me, so given that Volchenkov didn’t get hurt on the play, I don’t see a reason to suspend (only using that as a tiebreaker here, because I’m really torn. In general I say suspend to the action, not the result. BUT I’M REALLY TORN).

The NHL’s current priority seems to have shifted temporarily from “Boo headshots” to “Fans are happy, yeah? You guys are good? Big hits, amirite? Cool. Carry on,” so I’ll stray slightly from McKenzie here and say I’ll be surprised if Shanny pulls the trigger on a suspension.


UPDATE: Suspension or no, Schenn is at least going to get a talking to:

The new CBA rules allow for fines more significant than the ones we’ve seen in the past as well:

Permissible fines for on-ice infractions increased to an amount up to 50 percent of the Player’s Paragraph 1 NHL Salary and Bonuses (not including Performance Bonuses) divided by the number of days in the Regular Season and may not exceed $10,000 on a first-time basis, and $15,000 on a second and subsequent time basis (determined in accordance with a rolling 12-month period). All fines above $5,000 are subject to the hearing procedure accorded to Players subject to suspension not exceeding five (5) Games.

Comments (13)

  1. I agree with your thoughts on how most times the feet are off the ice AFTER the hit..but in this case I believe he left a bit early too… which is probably suspendable for 1 game..maybe 2. I don’t see him targeting the head..his arm was down on the hit and the follow through makes it look like an elbow in real time maybe..but it wasn’t on contact.

  2. Please no suspension and no fine. If he left his feet before the hit, it was like by 2cm. Not an issue. I hate we’re even talking about grey-area hits. Wasn’t reckless. Wasn’t blatant.
    Let’em play boys.

    • Wasn’t blatant? Schenn comes from the blue line at full speed to take out Volchenkov who is near the goal line. This has pre-meditated written all over it man. It was reckless, blatant and there was clear intent to injure.

      • “at full speed” -first off, how is “going too fast” ever a penalty?
        “pre-meditated” -you see a guy, you line him up, you hit him. All hits are pre-meditated!
        Next, you imply charging. You can clearly see he’s NOT skating as he hits Volchenkov. He’s gliding. Big difference in the eyes of the ref and Shanahan.
        Additionally Jason’s new gif shows Schenn barely even bent his knees to jump!
        When I say it wasn’t blatant–there was no elbow, no forearm, no stick. No need for additional punishment.

        • Jump plus targeting the head, should be 2 games.

          Schenn is reckless and deserves to have a “history”, so it can be considered the next time he does this. Which will probably be the next game he plays, with less than 10 seconds left in the game etc..

  3. That shoulder was right at head-level. I think things happen to fast to say “head target”. This is a very Torres-like hit. But i don’t want Schenn suspended at all. I like the heavy hits and i think players need to skate with their heads up…if a player is taking liberty, let him get his arse kicked by your team’s thug.

  4. I couldn’t focus on anything but the mouse cursor on the bottom of the GIF moving. Cannot unsee it.

  5. Charging is a penalty, no?

  6. It’s been clear in the past that “targeting” the head means recklessness. Even if the contact is incidental, it can still be reckless and therefore constitute targeting. The onus is on Schenn here, and this is a punishable hit.

    Sadly, I think if Volchenkov is injured here, the consequences for Schenn are harsher, which is stupid because the risk is there no matter what, and Schenn shouldn’t escape full punishment on dumb luck.

    The question is whether Shanahan will use his expanded fining power in lieu of a suspension.

  7. Should have been a charging penalty. Probably a charging minor for the distance coming into the hit. But certainly not a suspension. Fine perhaps? OK

  8. Should have been a charging penalty, but I don’t see a fine or suspension here.

  9. Jeez… can’t believe this even gets a hearing. Sure give 2 minutes for charging or something for leaving the ice a bit. But a damn suspension? Schtick boy said it well in his two posts.

    We’re getting awfully close to taking hiting out of the game if this is a suspension….

  10. Yup,, 2 games. Saw it real time and couldn’t believe there was no penalty. Then 10 seconds later Simmonds cross-checks Brodeur. Ahh, the Flyers.

    Stripes lost control of that game, big-time.

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